When Pochettino arrived at Tottenham in the summer of 2014, the club was nowhere near what it is today. Spurs were on the fringes of top European football and struggled to keep their best players.
Fast forward five years and the Argentine has transformed the club completely, as they recently finished in the top four for the fourth season running, and find themselves in the final of the Champions League.
All of this comes despite also managing the transition from White Hart Lane to Wembley, and then from Wembley to the new stadium.
The 47-year-old has not only managed to improve players individually but has also created a never-say-die attitude among the team, which was certainly at display throughout the team’s run in the Champions League.
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier, who has spent a large portion of the season out with injury and illness, has now sent an emotional message to Pochettino, explaining how much the players appreciate his work.
Dier, who was the Argentine’s first signing after arriving at the club (BBC), also added that the players, manager, and the coaching staff deserved to be in the final as a reward for what they have done in the last five years.
According to Football.London, Dier told James Burford, “I can’t speak for what the manager’s feeling (after the semifinal), but on the pitch, it was quite clear to everyone the number of emotions he was feeling.
“For him, it’s a dream. It’s a dream to be in this situation, like it is for all of us, for the whole squad. We’re very grateful for everything the manager’s done since he arrived here, for individuals and for the club as well.
“As I said before, it was something that everyone deserved. The manager, the players, everyone deserved a moment to be in a game like this after everything we’ve done in the last five years.
“Obviously for the manager, the emotions must have been huge considering all the difficulties he’s had to overcome this season, as we have. So yeah, it’s a very emotional time for everyone – and I’m sure he’s so happy. Now I get the sense we really focus on Everton, that game, then afterwards we can look forward to the final.”
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It was great to see how emotional Pochettino was after the final whistle, as he deserves to win a major trophy for the work he has done at the club so far.
What a great way it will be for the Argentine to mark five years in charge of the club by lifting the biggest prize in European football.
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