According to reports, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as a shock candidate to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea next season.
Tottenham beat Leicester 5-4 to finish 3rd in the Premier League last Sunday. The gap on champions Manchester City was a staggering 23 points but only four points separated them from runners-up Manchester United.
Spurs were expected to challenge for the title this past season after finishing runners-up to Chelsea last term. Pochettino’s men should have stepped up and competed for every single trophy on offer but instead they fell flat and another season passed by without any silverware.
It is unjust to blame one person but the manager, who has a fantastic squad under his disposal that is capable of striking fear to any team across Europe, needs to shoulder a fair share of criticism.
Call it the shortage of world-class players or the lack of winning mentality, Pochettino has to be blamed for Tottenham enduring another trophyless season.
Spurs’ London rivals, Chelsea, have also had a frustrating season but won the FA Cup on Saturday to save their campaign. The Blues were beaten 3-0 by Newcastle fair and square on the final day of the Premier League season but they somehow beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Despite the FA Cup win, the Italian is highly unlikely to continue his role beyond the summer. Keeping in mind that Conte’s time is up at Stamford Bridge, should Chelsea go all out for Pochettino?
Why not? Pochettino has earned a glowing reputation in England for nurturing young talents and turning Tottenham into an exciting team to watch. Barring trophies, the Argentine has done a lot of good work that time and again sees him earn praises from all corners of the world.
So far, Pochettino has failed to deliver a single trophy at north London since joining the club in 2014. Apart from a few top quality players, Tottenham have a relatively young squad which definitely needs time to develop and go on to win something.
However, it’s been a long time since Pochettino took over at Spurs and while his team has excelled on every front, the main question still remains – when will the Lilywhites break their trophy drought?
The answer is very simple and straightforward. Spurs have choked perennially during the important moments of the competitions. Be it in the Premier League or the FA Cup, they have failed to step up when it was most needed and expected out of them.
Perhaps Pochettino is the best Tottenham manager since Harry Redknapp but it appears as if the Argentine is running short of time at North London.
A move away from Spurs could be the ideal thing and maybe if he replaces Conte, Chelsea could win the title next term. That has been Chelsea’s scheme in the last few years, isn’t it?