Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of their manager, Mauricio Pochettino to a 5-year contract extension, putting an end to all speculations centred around his probable departure. The Argentine manager has already served the club for 4 seasons and was reportedly linked with a number of European outfits in previous reports.
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This obviously is one of the best news for Spurs fans who have seen their side get transformed into a top team in the recent past. Tottenham managed to snap up the last UEFA Champions League qualification spot by finishing 5 points above Chelsea in the Premier League table.
Pochettino has been at the heart of everything good for the club ever since Gareth Bale departed for Real Madrid and left behind a severely depleted squad and £89m in cash. The Welshman departed and Tottenham reinvested in some mediocre talents who eventually did not pan out.
Pochettino came in to turn everything around by focusing on youth development. He gave players like Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Danny Rose major first-team responsibilities and made them into stars. He also worked out a fast-paced attacking system with a strong and stable defensive backline, capable of outsmarting most Premier League sides.
The 46-year-old stressed on high work ethic and youth, developing one of the youngest squads to a third-place finish in the 2016/17 season. Every season has been a tiny step towards a prosperous future, all led by the former RCD Espanyol boss.
Pochettino’s tactics were on point in the European stage as well. We witnessed the young Spurs team triumph over Real Madrid to the top of the Champions League group stages. They looked hungry and dangerous in Europe but lacked the experience to upstage an experienced side like Juventus.
Tottenham held their own to come back from 2-0 nil down to equalize in the first leg but ended up giving away a silly goal in the second leg to eventually lose out on aggregate. A learning curve but still a giant leap in terms of building European pedigree.
The team is set to return to the White Hart Lane after spending a season at Wembley. The fans will be buzzing to see their team and manager get back to their usual ways and put up a stiff competition against England’s elites.
It is refreshing to see him extend his stay and be a part of the club’s heritage instead of joining the bandwagon and moving to richer teams with more money in their bank accounts.