Can Mourinho succeed where Pochettino failed and win trophies?

Mauricio Pochettino
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The sacking of Mauricio Pochettino by Spurs in November 2019 took the footballing world by surprise. A tally of 25 points from 24 games was enough for chairman Daniel Levy to pull the plug on what had been a tremendous five years.

At the time, the Argentine was 25/1 to be sacked across online casinos NZ and other betting sites, but the Argentine paid the price for a dismal start to the 2019-20 season.

Pochettino coached Spurs for five years and in that time steered them to 113 wins in 202 games – a win percentage of just under 56%. And, before the 2019-20 season, the Argentine had the best points-per-game ratio of any Tottenham boss in Premier League history.

Since then, Spurs’ new boss Jose Mourinho has coached the London side and whilst the ‘Special One’ is admired throughout the footballing world for his success, his managerial credentials have been called into question in recent years. Not least because of the Portugese’s last year at Chelsea and his time at Manchester United. But, have Spurs actually improved under Mourinho?

In the past, Mourinho has been criticized for his so-called “parking the bus” in an attempt to stifle the opposition’s creativity in front of goal, whilst Pochettino’s players often got the ball moving in an attractive manner.

Chances for Harry Kane came at the striker thick and fast with Dele Alli transforming from a bit-part League One player to England starman under the Argentine.

In fact, Pochettino’s setup and style gave his side the impetus to send the Argentine to 100 Premier League wins in just 169 games as boss. To put this into perspective, only Mourinho with Chelsea (142) and Sir Alex Ferguson with Manchester United (162) achieved that landmark for a single team in less games.

Whilst Spurs don’t exactly look like the polished article under Mourinho, for all Pochettino’s endeavour, he failed to win any major trophy whilst at Spurs. The same cannot be said for Mourinho whose silverware success includes two Champions League triumphs and three Premier League titles.

Though Spurs have not really got into gear under the Portuguese just yet, Mourinho’s experience and arrogance could well be what separates Spurs from being nearly men under Poch to trophy-winners in the new era.

Despite Tottenham’s current position, they are currently priced at 20/1 across gambling sites like JohnnyKash online casino and other reputable betting sites.

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