Lord Sugar on what Pochettino needs to do to overtake Bill Nicholson

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Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the Champions League finals for the first time in their history after producing an unbelievable comeback against Ajax on Wednesday night.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was reduced to tears after the final whistle, in what was the biggest moment of his managerial career so far.

When the Argentine took over at Tottenham in the summer of 2014, few Spurs fans would have dreamed that he would be able to take the team to the brink of becoming European champions but that is exactly what he has managed in his five years in charge.

While this does not quite match the achievement of Tottenham’s greatest ever manager Bill Nicholson, who won eight major trophies in 16 years as Spurs manager, this is clearly the greatest achievement in the club’s recent history.

Former Spurs owner Lord Sugar has suggested what Pochettino now has to do to overtake Bill. He said Pochettino will be considered Tottenham’s greatest manager if he won the Champions League and then backed it up by winning the Premier League in the next few years.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Lord Sugar said, “Bill Nic was the great and if Poch wins the Champions League he would have to go on and win the Premier League one day, and then I suppose he might overtake Bill. You never know.”

The former Spurs chairman also opined that this was the club’s greatest achievement in the last 50 years.

He added, “What a game, it was unbelievable. The emotion from Mauricio yesterday was unbelievable. It goes to show you that big men cry.

“Two on the trot! First of all, hats off to Liverpool. I was watching that game thinking, ‘my God what determination, what courage’ and we’ve got to do the same.

“Surely that would have been an inspiration for our lads, but then we go 2-0 down! But, the second half comes in and the rest is history. It was unbelievable.

“It’s got to be a 50-year highlight for the club. We haven’t won anything of significance since the 60s.

“It’s come at a time when we’ve got this fantastic new stadium and when we’ve just started to worry a little bit after losing a few of our last games, but the manager and the team pulled the rabbit out of the hat.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Football has changed a lot since the 1960s and even the 1980s. Owing to the money at the top of the game at the moment, it is harder now to break the monopoly of the top clubs than it was ever before.

The fact that Pochettino has managed to achieve this feat without investing much into the first team squad, makes his achievement unique. We at Spurs Web believe, that if Spurs go on to win the Champions League in Madrid, the Argentine’s achievement will be greater than that Tottenham’s league and cup double in 1961 under the great Nicholson.

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