Six months after taking Tottenham to the first Champions League final in his history, Mauricio Pochettino is a man without a job. The bad start of the Spurs season has led the Argentine coach, who already anticipated this final last month. "If we don't improve, what's going to happen? Yes, you're thinking the same as me. It's always the same in football." Shortly after the news was known, it was already known that José Mourinho would be his substitute.
The exit of Pochettino was setting for a long time. Before Tottenham added just 14 points in 12 days, or that Bayern Munich swept Wembley in the Champions League (2-7), Santa Fe's relations with its president, Daniel Levy, and with his players, were already breaking And in part the two problems were connected: the Spurs never renewed a template that gave signs of disconnection and wear.
Pochettino, better than anyone else, must have been aware of the physical and mental wear and tear of such players. The shortage of new spare parts has made him squeeze essentially the same block since his second campaign on the bench. Already in October ' The Athletic ' cited a source of the costumes that he charged against the coach. "This site is a regime. They are fed up with it. Either you do things your way or nothing. There is no balance. The players have the impression that you don't trust them."
In the five years he has been on the bench, Pochettino has taken Tottenham to his first Champions League final, has classified him four years in a row for the competition - he had only played it once in the previous half century and twice in all his story- and he finished second in the Premier . All this with a club that, during those five years, has been the 17th in net investment in signings of the league (just over 110 million euros).
But the results had begun to suffer. Already last season, while reaching the Champions League final, Tottenham was paraded in the Premier. This course, not even Europe has served as a relief. The only two victories he has achieved in the last month and a half have been the two goals against the Red Star. In the League Cup, he was eliminated by Colchester United of the fourth English division.
Mourinho surprise return
A few weeks ago Pochettino complained about the extra work that the demands of the documentary Amazon is recording about the Tottenham season. Probably not even the scriptwriters would have dreamed of a better turn than to see how José Mourinho arrives without notice to the Wembley bench.
Mourinho has spent the last months working as a commentator for Sky Sports - sometimes brilliantly. With a more restrained tone, the Portuguese has rehabilitated his image away from the histrionics that had devoured him.
Now he must ratify it on the grass where his last image is that slow and raucous Manchester United that cost a world to reach the opposite goal. The fourth that threw less at the door of the Premier, the third that played less balls in the opposite area and the least time spent in the last third of the field.
Nevertheless, José Mourinho maintains the winning aura and that is what Tottenham is entrusted to. Because if something has been missing from the brilliant stage of Mauricio Pochettino in London it has been that, a title that would put the icing on the project.
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