London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur might just be separated by one place in the Premier League table, but the two clubs are run in diametrically opposed fashion.
While Tottenham have a self-sustaining model whereby they reinvest a proportion of their revenue back into the team, Chelsea have benefited from the fortune that Roman Abramovich has spent on the club in recent years.
Additionally, while Spurs have opted for continuity by sticking with Mauricio Pochettino for the last five years, Chelsea have sacked their managers with astonishing regularity. However, the Blues have several trophies to show for their efforts in recent seasons while Spurs won their last major trophy in 2008.
BT Sport ran a poll on their official Twitter account asking fans which model they would prefer between Tottenham’s and Chelsea’s. To people’s surprise, 65% of the 30,000 people who voted preferred Spurs’ model to that of their London rivals’.
This didn’t sit well with former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage who said he couldn’t believe that 65% of fans would prefer Tottenham’s model over winning trophies.
Watch Savage’s take on the poll result below:
'I can't believe people would rather follow Tottenham's model then winning trophies..'
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) February 2, 2019
What Savage and the other panelists seem to be ignoring here is the fact that not all clubs have the luxury of being funded by a billionaire.
Fans have clearly recognised that Tottenham’s model is one that offers hope to teams who want to work their way up into the Champions League one day by their own means.
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