It is sometimes easy to devalue Tottenham’s progress over the past few years because of the lack of silverware Mauricio Pochettino has won.
But every now and again, the numbers or statistics are put forward and it seems miraculous that the Argentine has hauled Spurs into the top six given the vast differences in their financial means.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 29, 2018
In some ways, it’s even more miraculous still that he is still in charge and putting up with it.
He watched his side suffer a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City last night. On a pitch that provided a constant reminder of Spurs’ inability to get their new stadium ready on time, with a squad that now carries the air of ‘not quite good enough’.
Behind that, a perfect storm is building to create conditions which have surely never made it more likely that Pochettino will trade north London for Real Madrid.
Los Blancos have just sacked manager Julen Lopetegui after a 5-1 humbling in El Clasico, while Pochettino himself said even before the City game that he has his ‘worst feeling’ since he took over at Spurs, despite the club making a strong start to the season.
With the stadium shambles and a lack of investment in the team, there can’t be many Spurs fans who would begrudge Pochettino the move, either.