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Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur: The Beginning of a revolution?

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
As it was said earlier, if Tottenham beats Arsenal at White Hart Lane it would guarantee them a finish above The Gunners for the first time in 22 years. They did it finally. Now there won't be any  St. Totteringham's day this year. There is one man behind Spurs' continuous stride – Mauricio Pochettino.

There was much debate going on before the game that there has been a shift of power in North London. Obviously, The Gooners wouldn't agree to that so early. And they might be right arguing about that because if you look at the trophy count Arsenal are the clear winners with three Premier League titles and six FA cups, while Spurs have nothing at all.

But when Mauricio Pochettino took the helm at Spurs in 2014, it looked like he was destined to transform the club somehow. However, doing so in such a small span of time is quite an achievement in itself.
The progress curve of Spurs in the league is clearly upwards after the arrival of Pochettino. In the 2014-15 season, they finished 5th. And in the next season (2015-16) Pochettino's side was amongst the title contenders but unfortunately, they choked in the end and finished 3rd below their rivals Arsenal after they failed to win the last four league games that season.

And now let's discuss this campaign, starting with their latest triumph in the North London derby. They are still in the title race and most likely to finish the league as runners-up. This will be their highest ever Premier League finish if they pull it off. And you can't deny that they don't deserve it. They are thriving under the management of Pochettino.

The man has started a revolution, from chasing the top four to the title contenders. The very calm and serene Argentinean took a bold step that paid off. He promoted the youth and gave them a chance over several senior players. And as a result, Spurs have arguably the most deadly duo in the English top flight in Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Both have managed to hit the net in double figures since breaking into the first team. Not only this, they are ruling the PFA Young Player of the Year award since 2014 with Kane winning it in 2014-15 and Alli being the winner in 2015-16 and then again this term.

Pochettino has turned these youngsters into giants. They are the game changers for Spurs. In fact, the boss has worked very well with the squad. The Belgian centre-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, combined with the dynamic and adventurous English full backs – Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, proved a wall of steel in Spurs defence. As a result, the Lilywhites have the best defensive record in the league and are unbeaten at home this season.

Spurs have a top class midfield that comprises of a variety of players – the attacking ones include the aforementioned Dele Alli and the classy Christian Eriksen. And they have an amazing pair of box-to-box midfielders in Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele. To provide the squad depth they have the very versatile Eric Dier; who can switch between defence and midfield when required.

And if you think Tottenham's attack is led by just one man than you are absolutely wrong. No doubt that Harry Kane is amongst the most clinical strikers in the Premier League but when the Englishman was out injured earlier this season, Son Heung-Min stepped into his shoes and took the responsibilities. Son has performed very convincingly and has been very consistent throughout.

If you have noticed, since the start of the current campaign, Spurs were rocked by several injuries. First Harry Kane then Kyle Walker and after that Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose.

All these were first choice players. But, their absence in the team didn't hamper their progress. Instead, the squad players stepped up their game; Son in place of Kane, Trippier for Walker, Dier for Alderweireld, Davies for Rose and so on. This shows that how well the team is managed by Pochettino, everyone is accomplished enough to cover up and play the role for the team.

All in all, there is no doubt that the current Tottenham squad under Mauricio Pochettino is capable of having progressing even further in near future if they pull out all the stops. If they keep on growing at the current pace, they will be among Europe's elite clubs. And with all due respect, I think the English FA should thank Pochettino because he has carved out a pool of English talent that are the first choice for both Spurs and England's squad.
Zaid Pathan

A huge fan of Peter Drury's bombastic post-goal narration and an ardent football follower since his teens, Zaid believes the beautiful game is the best mode of escape from the daily hustle and bustle. He particularly loves to watch the Premier League and wants English clubs to dominate Europe again.

“Life may or may not be beautiful, but football surely is”

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