Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been in the North London job for nearly five years now, and has transformed the side in that time.
Poch has taken a team on the edge of Champions League football to regulars in Europe’s top competition.
Spurs have finished in the Premier League top three for the last three years, and look to be heading towards their fourth in a row this year too.
And they haven’t been bystanders in the Champions League itself either, beating the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Borussia Dortmund, and going toe to toe with Juventus.
Spurs have also been able to retain their key players like Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen, as well as paving the way for a new stadium.
Despite not winning any trophies as of yet, Pochettino has managed to lay the foundations for some positive years to come.
Poch said (Football London): “Like I told you from the beginning, I think it’s a massive bonus for the club to be involved in the last three years in Champions League when no-one expect. When we arrived here, it was to build something special, to arrive to the new stadium with the possibility, after one year in the new stadium, to have the possibility to fight to be in the Champions League. And of course with all the circumstances that we have being consistent in the Champions League is massive. I feel so proud, I am so happy to be the manager of this group of players and this club and like always, because that is our nature, ambition and wanting more and it’s never enough.
“But we need to see the perspective of the (bigger) picture and feel proud. Of course we want to win, yes. I want to win a title, we want to win a title, the players want to win a title, the fans, everyone judge from outside the club all that we are doing. But if you are honest with yourself judging what Tottenham is doing in the last few years I think it’s a fantastic job from the bottom to the top and that is how I feel – so proud. And of course the ambition is to prepare, to be ready and to try for the future, to be closer to win. It’s going to be tough but I think the responsibility of the club and every single person here is to try to find the way, to create a project, to provide the club with the possibility to be close to win.”
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