Mauricio Pochettino has now been in charge of Tottenham Hotspur for around four and a half years, and has made some fantastic progress in that time.
Four years is a short time-frame in terms of football, but Poch has managed to transform Spurs from a side on the fringes of Champions League football, to regulars among Europe’s elite.
Tottenham have now qualified for the tournament for three years in a row, and look likely to make it a fourth this season.
Before that, Spurs had only tasted Champions League once in the past 22 years, a fantastic run to the quarter-finals under Harry Redknapp.
Pochettino’s next plan will be to bridge the gap between a top four finish and a Premier League trophy, but this may take time.
However, the Spurs manager was clear in the fact that he is very happy in North London, and will continue to help the club to grow.
Poch said (Football London): “I love my job, I love my job. And of course I love a big challenge. When I arrived at Tottenham I knew very well the challenge will be tough and what happen now will happen now. We are victims of our own success, the club was in a different level and now we put the board, the players, all we feel the same. No one believe in us, no one believe in way we operate from beginning will bring success to club. Of course if the club play once in 22 years in the Champions League and now after four years we play three times in row, that was the dream of our fans, our staff and players to play in Champions League. I feel same as our fans, never is enough. But we are working hard. It’s so difficult to grow in same line as this, sometimes you push high then you stay same, or you drop a little bit to go forward again, but that is the process. When you lose everything it starts to be negative, look how thin the line was to win on penalties, today we are maybe talking about the final and another day if Georges-Kevin or Trippier scores the penalty we are talking about the character of the team and we may still be in the FA Cup. But we are out and we are at a point where maybe the environment is negative but I am more positive than before the start of last week.”
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