Chelsea and United need Mauricio Pochettino
Daniel Levy is as unforgiving as Roman Abramovich. Tottenham has had 6 managers in the last 10 years. Now they must do all they can to hold on to this one.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are second in the league table. Adrift of the summit by just two points and a dozen matches left to play, Spurs have a fantastic chance to grab the title in the most open season ever. The players have performed, the physios have nurtured them, the coaches have instilled the tactics. But Mauricio Pochettino must get the lion’s share of the credit. He has molded a team of spirit, belief and fitness. The formula spells a first ever Barclays Premier League title. Win or not, Mauricio Pochettino will be a wanted man.
Chelsea and Manchester United will most certainly be looking for a manager come summer. Louis van Gaal’s reign at United looks shaky. A defeat to Sunderland last week has made life more difficult than it already was. Guus Hiddink seems to have plugged the slide for Chelsea. But how much has he improved them? Hiddink was appointed on a short term basis like his stint in 2009. The hierarchy at both clubs will look at their options for manager. It would be a great shock if Pochettino is ignored. Chelsea and United should try to land the former Espanyol manager.
Pochettino in England
When Mauricio Pochettino took over the reigns at Southampton, his team played attractive high pressing football. It was all about intensity. His style of play was much appreciated by fans and football lovers. It was this that made Daniel Levy look up and take notice of the Argentinian. In May 2014, Pochettino became the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The decision, a masterstroke. In his first season at the club, Pochettino directed the team to a fifth placed finish, FA Cup final and victories in the North London derbies over Arsenal & Chelsea. The Argentinian tactician must be credited in the conversion of many youth players to first team regulars. We witnessed the rise of the phenomenon called Harry Kane. Mauricio Pochettino had laid the foundation to chase the coveted League title.
2015/16 season is the year that Spur’s might break their mold. The objective was to secure Champions League qualification. Only a few gave Spurs an outside chance, because you know, Spurs are Spurs! Mauricio Pochettino has gone a step ahead. The Argentinean and his staff built up the fitness over the pre-season. The tactics were carefully developed. The players have adopted his method of football. Harry Kane has carried on from where he left off last season. Dele Ali has been a revelation. Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele has kept the midfiled running. Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier has stood out in defense. Hugo Lloris has been a wall. The squad players have stepped up. The tactics and performance are evident on the football pitch.
Last weekend’s overcoming of Manchester City at the Etihad is proof. Pochettino made inspired substitutions with the intend to win. He was rewarded with a 2–1 victory over the Sky Blues and within touching distance of the league leaders, Leicester City.
The Red Devils loss to relegation threatened Sunderland has put Louis van Gaal in a precarious position. United are 6 points adrift of fourth placed Machester City. Van Gaal has been the center of much criticism. His style of play has been branded as old school. One that is not fit for the high intensity premier league. Paul Scholes had used the phrase ‘boring’. Supporters have echoed their displeasure. Shouts of ‘Attack Attack Attack’ has been synonymous in United’s matches.
The fans have the right to be angry. Having spent over 300 million in upgrades, United are a shadow of the power house they once were. Heads will roll at United if they fail to secure champions league spot. In fact LVG might just way away. As it stands, a certain Jose Mourinho is widely tipped to take the reigns at Old Trafford. The Portuguese is an household name. A manager who can fill the boots of Sir Alex Ferguson. The Ex Chelsea manager will bring you titles, but that comes at a cost. With Jose, its short-termism. He has never stayed more than three years at a club. Mourinho is not known to promote youth. His style of play will deliver the goods but its not the most attractive. It just doesn’t fit the philosophy at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola has been lost to rivals Manchester City. United must look at the option of Pochettino as manager. The Argentinian demands attacking football and development of youth. Two traits that symbolizes United. It would be exciting to see how he can shape the talented Antony Martial, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj. United will also try to bring in a big name signing in the summer. Possibly a striker. Manchester United should be playing the the Champions League. Failure to finish in the top four might spell doom for LVG. If so, Pochettino is an ideal candidate to take the bull by its horns.
Did anyone foresee such a season for Chelsea? From champions to the threat of relegation. Jose Mourinho’s god like stature has fallen. The Portuguese endured the darkest hours of his managerial career and was finally sacked. There is no doubt the Chelsea squad is a class act with vastly experienced and proven stars. They might not have bought well this season, but the talent is in plenty. Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Matic, Pedro, Thibaut Courtois & Cesc Fabregas are top international stars. The possibility of getting John Stones to be paired with Kurt Zouma is an exciting one. Pochettino’s high press style of play will be more suited to Chelsea than United. The Blues have the players that fits the bill perfectly.
Chelsea also has an impressive set of youth players for Pochettino to work with. In fact the most for a team in the premier league. He would love such a prospect. A large transfer kitty from Russian oil money will also be tempting. Roman Abramovich has won it all at Chelsea. Champions League, Europa League, multiple Premier League, FA Cup & League Cup titles. The only thing that he has to tick is, his vision of attractive football. Under Mourinho that was never the case. With Pochettino, he might be able to tick that.
Its too early to predict if Tottenham will win the league or not. They most certainly will be playing Champions League football next season. That’s something that Chelsea and United cannot guarantee as of now. Champions League means more revenue and the ability to attract top players. So there is also the possibility that Pochettino might remain at the North London club.
Anything can happen between now to the start of the next season. So the Dutchmen at Chelsea and United should be vary of Mauricio Pochettino. So should Daniel Levy. The football world is watching.