Let’s wind the clock back to the 2014-15 season at Dortmund, Germany.
Jurgen Klopp the then manager of Borussia Dortmund had recently lost a Champions League final. He had taken over a team that was on a low after many issues. He consistently made them punch above their weight.
He won two titles whacking Bayern wherever they met in the process culminating in the CL final.
The expectations at Dortmund were suddenly different and 2014-15 was simply unacceptable and naturally, the manager took the fall.
Klopp, by then had also depleted all his energy at Dortmund.
He left, he healed and took over another team with history (like Dortmund) and consistently failing to reach old highs while battling multiple ‘Bayerns’ in England. Unlike Dortmund, Klopp was backed by a fantastic football board and with the right signings, Klopp took his team to another level.
At Dortmund though, he wouldn’t get new player resources to challenge Bayern. To make it worse, he lost his best to Bayern.
The moment Klopp gets money to spend with the right backroom board and not losing his best to rivals, look where Liverpool are.
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Fast forward to Pochettino and Tottenham. Tottenham’s 19-20 is no different from Dortmund’s 14-15. Of course, Spurs haven’t won a title as Dortmund did (but remember, there are at least 3-4 Bayern like economic power horses in England).
But Pochettino has done a similarly remarkable job at Tottenham like Klopp did at Dortmund. Pochettino looks a depleted man much like Klopp did at Dortmund.
Pochettino needs to heal as Klopp did. Pochettino must not rush into another club, even if it means Woodward finally redeems himself by giving Poch a call.
Pochettino needs to take the rest of the season off. Go somewhere else, watch another sport. Build energy, recharge and come fresh.
His stock will only be going up each day. Pochettino must do what Klopp did – take over a team with ambition, and willing to back him with squad refreshments each year without losing existing players. The trophies are going to flow, it is an inevitability.
There are very few coaches in the world of football who add points to what the team would’ve won otherwise without them.
Simeone, Klopp, and Pochettino top the list (with a Maurizio Sarri of Napoli also). Teams will know that Poch will add 5 points minimum to a team he coaches.
I hope Pochettino rests, recharges and takes over a team with economic power now.
As for Tottenham, signing Jose Mourinho was a no brainer to me.
They need one last push and who better than Jose to give them that mental whacking to get them over that last line that they’ve (so hilariously) failed to cross each season?
Even if Jose stays there 2 years, he’d have done considerable change to their mentality.
I thought Arsenal should had took Jose for that disruptive hard reboot they’re so in need of, but their North London neighbors have done it! We’d see how it’ll go in due course!
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