4 years in the past, Tottenham Hotspur sacked Mauricio Pochettino. The London membership’s most profitable supervisor of current eras departed after a dismal begin to the 2019/20 marketing campaign. Spurs sat 14th within the Premier League desk on the time. Within the season prior, Pochettino led Tottenham to the UEFA Champions League Last, the place it misplaced to Liverpool.
Now, the Argentine supervisor is the boss at a unique London membership, Chelsea. Talking forward of the Blues’ journey to north London, Pochettino didn’t say the door was closed on a return to the membership the place he had such relative success.
“It’s like life, you by no means know what will occur tomorrow,” Pochettino mentioned. “We have to take pleasure in at the moment and never look an excessive amount of sooner or later. However, for certain, if I’m not working, [and] perhaps if they need me someday … why not?”
Pochettino affirmed his love for Tottenham. He mentioned impending jeers from Tottenham supporters is not going to harm his ’emotional hyperlinks and emotions’ to the membership. Throughout his time with Tottenham, Pochettino repeatedly mentioned it was his dream to win a trophy with Tottenham. He got here shut on a number of events, however Daniel Levy and the Spurs brass sacked him earlier than that second.
Regardless of that love, Pochettino is dedicated to Chelsea. He’ll put apart that zeal for his earlier employers on Monday as he goes for a constructive end result.
“I wish to win, I wish to beat them,” he mentioned. Pochettino is not going to mistakenly go to the mistaken dugout, both. “I do know very properly the away dugout as a result of I made a decision the place it was. I used to be there with the architects; whenever you go to the appropriate it’s the native, and the away is to the left.”
Mauricio Pochettino was an icon within the dugout for Tottenham Hotspur
Within the seasons previous to Pochettino exiting Tottenham, Spurs completed fifth, third, second, third and fourth. The runner-up end to Chelsea in 2016/17 was Tottenham’s greatest end since 1962/63. Pochettino additionally led the membership to a runner-up end within the 2015 League Cup Last. Paradoxically, it misplaced to Chelsea in that recreation.
Pochettino is now in command of Chelsea, whereas Ange Postecoglou is placing collectively a sensational season with Tottenham in his first marketing campaign. Chelsea sits thirteenth within the Premier League desk coming into this fixture at Tottenham. Regardless of all of the spending Todd Boehly has put out, the dearth of cohesion in a younger squad has been its demise. Most lately, Chelsea fell to Brentford at Stamford Bridge.
By comparability, Ange Postecoglou has Spurs second within the desk. A win or a draw in opposition to Pochettino’s Chelsea sends Spurs again to the highest of the desk. Spurs drew in opposition to Brentford and Arsenal on the highway as its solely two blemishes this season. Due to this fact, Tottenham has not misplaced a recreation at dwelling this season.
Pochettino was a candidate for Spurs job earlier than season
After Tottenham sacked Antonio Conte final season, the vacant place had a number of rumors. Julian Nagelsmann, Arne Slot and Xabi Alonso had been all within the working. The identical utilized to Pochettino earlier than Spurs settled on Postecoglou. On the time, the Argentine coach was open to return to Tottenham and lead the aspect.