“Pochettino has no plan B” and “Spurs have no squad depth”, are two accusations that the press and oppositions fans alike have enjoyed throwing around for past season or two. However, in recent months this has been drowned out by constant, repetitive and tedious articles about which Spurs player was going where in the summer.
Even though on occasion in the biggest games Pochettino has been guilty of not accounting for the oppositions main strength, most notably playing a suicidal high line away at Anfield with Ben Davies isolated against Sadio Mane.
Poch has learnt from these past errors, against both Dortmund and Madrid Spurs have sat deeper sacrificing possession and looked to spring out quickly on the counter. When the team was announced it appeared Pochettino had gone full Mike Bassett playing a 4-4-2. In reality the shape was fluid and interchanged effortlessly between a back five and a back three, with Kane and Llorente taking turns leading the line.
Davinson Sanchez looked back to his imperious self after a shaky display against Bournemouth. The Columbian was calm and composed as he continues to show experience beyond his 21years.
Tottenham are unrecognisable defensively since Pochettino has arrived, he has turned a comedy show into a well-structured and organised masterpiece.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Spurs champions league exploits this season is how they have done it without such key players. Wanyama, Davies, Dele, Dembele all missing from the line-up.
Step forward Harry Winks, Pochettino believes in his young players and he makes them believe in themselves, the youngster from Hemel Hempstead looked confident and assured facing a midfield that consisted of arguably some of the finest players in the world.
Pochettino is the anti-chequebook manager, instead of splashing untold amount of millions, he moulds players into what he wants them to be and makes them believe they can perform on the highest stage.
Players are maturing under Pochettino and Pochettino is maturing at Tottenham. Whether if it was by accident or design, we have found our perfect manager.
Have something to tell us about this article?