Video – Arsene Wenger has advice and nice words to say about Mauricio Pochettino

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has undoubtedly taken the club to the next level since getting the job over five years ago.

However, some may argue that Spurs are now standing still in the Premier League with their consistent top-four finishes but lack of serious title challenges.

This could be compared to Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal, during which he achieved a Champions League spot time and time again, but went through a period in which he struggled to actively compete for the biggest prize.

The ex-Arsenal boss has been talking to beIN SPORTS this week about Pochettino and the goings-on at Spurs:

He said (quoted by Standard): “I think he has done very well and everyone acknowledges this.

“When he came to Tottenham he slowly built them up with a very good young generation and every year people want something more from you.

“I experienced that at Arsenal, we were 20 consecutive years in the top four but in the end, it was not enough any more – today if you get in the Champions League people are very happy.

“That means that happens to Pochettino, when you are four or five years somewhere, no matter how good a job you have done, you have to show you can give people more and he is at that stage.

“I would say they are a bit destabilised (by the stadium).

“But for me, when I played them two or three years ago they looked like a young, hungry team who had found a good strength, a good core of the team with people who were together, growing inside the club and expressed that hunger.

“Today, you don’t feel exactly the same chemistry and a player like Eriksen is a bit sidelined because he looks like he doesn’t want to commit for the future at the club.

“Your quality is always where you finish in the championship so the real trend is there, they knew and Pochettino knows – he said himself – something is not there at the moment and he will certainly rebuild that.

“I like him very much because he has always been quiet, respectful, motivated and worked very well and got a lot of recognition from his own players – that means he is a quality manager.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

Wenger is right, Pochettino does need to show the Spurs fans and hierarchy that he is the man to make that next leap. I believe that he has the talent to do so, but will need to be strong over the next year as he makes huge changes to the squad.

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