It really is a great season for Pochettino with the Spurs and the book he just launched reveals a lot on the tactics he used to get there. Apparently, he is very focused on relationships and the way they influence the entire team dynamics. In the book mentioned above, there is a tale that sheds some light on this interesting approach.
The Trip to Argentina
Pochettino and his staff were on a trip to Argentina along with the Spurs chairman, Levy. They went for some rapid water rafting and, of course, the situation got a little tricky. Jesus Perez, the assistant manager and the goalkeeper were thrown from the boat but the third member of the crew, Miguel D’Agostino was missing. Only a few seconds passed until it became clear he was trapped under the raft and this situation seemed to have happened for more than 30 seconds. Given the tricky situation they were facing, Pochettino said his only focus was to save the chairman, a joke that he didn’t really have to say since it’s obvious that their relationship is truly special. The rafting incident ended well for the entire team and they returned to camp to laugh and bond some more about their near-death experience. Perhaps they even went to a casino for some Star Spins free spins, who knows?
“The key is how we support and work together”
After performing the miracle of beating Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League, a lot of attention went The Spurs’ way. A lot of managers wanted to know that the secret was, what the brilliant tactic that allowed this to happen was. Pochettino, on the other hand, insists that it is all about the way the team supports and works together. It’s about how important every person feels in this highly-tuned mechanism and it is also about wanting to work together to accomplish a collective dream. Apart from the strong belief that nothing is stronger than the team, Pochettino said that he is always trying to improve himself and the people around him and help them in any ways possible. You can never stop evolving and, just as well, you can never come to think that there are nothing and nobody that can help you.
Future plans for Pochettino
Asked about future plans, Tottenham manager said that his commitment to the club and Daniel is complete and it only depends on them to decide if the will still be there after 20 years. He believes that Tottenham has massive potential and the work, done in the previous three, four years is just now showing and the peak is yet to be achieved. He also admitted that it’s a great feeling to be able to help the club, the players and the fans and the fact that everyone is looking at him like the main person responsible for where they are now. But even in these conditions, Pochettino wants to remind everyone once again that the team is all that matters and it’s there Tottenham gets its strength.
Tottenham Hotspur 2019-20 season preview – Can Pochettino and his men finally break the trophy duck?
Spurs opinion: 2019-20 season preview – Spurs to land silverware under Pochettino?
The 2018-19 season was a rollerc
Mauricio Pochettino could not bring in any new faces to the team with several players busy with the World Cup.
They returned tired and injured but we were still in the race for the Premier League until the New Year.
The Champions League journey was crazy,
Pochettino is still hunting for silverware since joining Spurs, and that night in Madrid should make us stronger for the upcoming campaign.
Tottenham have bought Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke so far, and there could be some more signings in the coming days.
We haven’t lost any of our first-team players, except Kieran Trippier, and a proper pre-season under our belts looks to have worked out well for the likes of Harry Kane.
Tottenham have to bridge a huge gap to Liverpool and Manchester City next season, and that should be possible if the team stays fit.
We are still better than the other 17 Premier League clubs, and there could be some cause for celebration
Player to watch – Tanguy Ndombele
The 22-year-old joined for a huge fee from Lyon and has looked decent in some of our pre-season ties.
The Frenchman is a combination of all our midfielders and could be one of the best signings of the summer.
Ndombele can win the ball, start an attack or barge into the defence with the ball at his feet. It is to be seen how he acclimatizes to the English game, and the sooner he does it, the better it will be for us.
Surprise performer – Kyle Walker-Peters
The young defender could start the season as the first-choice right-back as he did in the previous campaign.
Walker-Peters had some tough outings in the previous season with that trip to the Nou Camp and Ousmane Dembele goal remaining in memory.
However, the Englishman has the talent to do well, should he play regularly. Juan Foyth is injured while we sold Kieran Trippier too, so Walker-Peters has his chance to impress.
Top scorer – Harry Kane
The Englishman could have won another Golden Boot last season had it not been for two major ankle injuries.
Kane looks fit and fresh after a proper rest in the summer and has scored some incredible goals during pre-season.
The forward still needs to be given a break from time-to-time and
Kane should easily be our top scorer once again, but he needs to stay fit.
The FA Cup exit was disappointing in the previous campaign, and so was the Carabao Cup defeat.
Spurs had some injury problems in both cup competitions, and if we stay fit, there should be some silverware coming to the side.
Pochettino has to prioritise one of the two cups, and the Carabao Cup should be a serious target just to get a medal for all the players.
The Champions League will be a tough task once again, but we should target the finals.
Tottenham defeated Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Ajax to reach the finals last time around, and there is no reason why we cannot do it again.
League performance – Second
Looking at the teams that finished above us, Manchester City have spent big again on signing a few players but Liverpool have not added anyone of note to their ranks.
Spurs could still finish the transfer window with more signings and that should put us ahead of the Reds.
Tottenham need their first-teamers to stay fit for the entirety of the campaign, and there is no doubt we will be closer to the top than last season.
City are still the team to beat but we can overtake Liverpool and become their closest challengers. The Reds were a little lucky when they beat us twice last season in the league, but we are now playing in our new home and that will give us an added boost.
Our players look fit and fresh after a decent pre-season, and hopefully, that ensures a fantastic campaign ahead.
1) Manchester City
4) Manchester United
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[Image] How Tottenham could line up if Mauricio Pochettino signs his summer targets
Spurs opinion: How Tottenham could line up next season if Pochettino gets his targets
The Argentine worked his magic by taking us to the Champions League final and finishing in the top four with a team that had no investment in two transfer windows.
The team had to deal with several injuries and the players came tired from a draining World Cup too.
Tottenham’s finances will be affected by repayment of dues regarding the new stadium (h/t Guardian), but Mauricio Pochettino has handed a list of stars that he wants at the club.
The Guardian reports that Tanguy Ndombele, Donny van de Beek, Nicolo Zaniolo and Ryan Sessegnon are some of the players on the list. Giovani Lo Celso of Real Betis has also been linked with us in recent weeks (h/t Sun).
Although we should see some big names coming in, the Guardian claims that a few players could leave the club too. Eriksen is the big worry ahead of the season as the Dane has openly stated that he wants a new challenge.
Toby Alderweireld has been linked with an exit (h/t Sun), however, the Belgian claimed he has a contract with us and is concentrating on the season ahead.
Tottenham a different side in the new season
There isn’t a surety that every player linked with Spurs will sign for us in the coming campaign. However, we could have a completely different side to what we have seen for well over a year now.
Eriksen could be one of the big losses for the club but Giovani Lo Celso can play as the central attacking midfielder for us. The Argentine has been excellent for Betis and is now participating in the Copa America.
The midfield really needs some signings after Mousa Dembele was allowed to leave in January, and several players picked up injuries. Harry Winks should be a starter but one of the possible new boys, Ndombele, should start alongside the Englishman.
The Lyon midfielder is a powerhouse and is exactly the kind of player we need. Victor Wanyama was out injured for a long time while Eric Dier was wildly inconsistent last season.
The attack doesn’t change much for us as Dele Alli and Son Heung-min should support Harry Kane. Zaniolo could be a decent signing but he might be on the bench more often than not.
Spurs could do with another striker acting as cover for Kane, however, Lucas Moura and Son have proved that they can play in that position should the Englishman be out.
Changes in the defence
Alderweireld’s departure would be a huge blow but we can see Davinson Sanchez slot into the team alongside Jan Vertonghen.
The left-back position will be key as Pochettino could swap Danny Rose with Ryan Sessegnon (h/t
Sessegnon could play a few games as a left-back but he has been most impressive in the attack.
Kieran Trippier is also being linked with a move away from Spurs (h/t Calciomercato) and that could see Serge Aurier replace the Englishman.
Ideally, we should try and sign another quality right-back in case Trippier leaves, but Manchester United have already bid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace (h/t Sun).
There is no replacing Hugo Lloris at the moment, and the Spurs captain should lead the line-up next season.
It would be incredible if we could spend without a worry in the summer, but we have to be smart with our acquisitions too.
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Signing too many players in one summer could mess our team dynamic. The target has to be winning a trophy next season and hopefully, some new signings can help Pochettino break that duck here.
[Photos] 25 pictures that capture Tottenham’s 2018-19 season as we reached the Champions League final
Spurs opinion: 25 photos that captured Tottenham’s 2018-19 season
It could have been a great season for Tottenham had we just got the rub of the green on Saturday.
Spurs lost to Liverpool in the Champions League final, however, the journey to Madrid was full of crazy twists and turns.
Tottenham ended the season by just about staying in the top four. Most of our senior players came back from a long and tiring World Cup and also had to deal with several injuries throughout the campaign.
There were no signings for Mauricio Pochettino to deal with, however, we still did well in the Premier League, and the Champions League journey was memorable.
Old Trafford crumbling
Manchester United didn’t have a great season to talk about, and things started poorly for them under Jose Mourinho.
Lucas Moura scored a brace in the 3-0 win over the Red Devils and proved that even without signings, we would be a force this season.
Erik Lamela might not have had much to remember from another injury-blighted season, but he did get the only goal of the game when we beat West Ham at the London Stadium.
Champions League journey begins
Tottenham lost their first two Champions League group games before PSV fought back to earn a point in the Netherlands.
Spurs had to win their next game and things weren’t going well but Harry Kane came up with the important goal in the 89th minute to defeat PSV in London.
Juan Foyth got several chances to impress this season due to injuries to our defenders, and the Argentine had one great moment as he scored the only goal of the game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
One of the stars from the campaign was Son Heung-min. The South Korean bagged some crucial goals despite leaving for an international tournament midway through the campaign.
The South Korean scored a blinder against Chelsea at Wembley, which possibly was the goal of the season for Spurs.
Late goals continue for Spurs
Tottenham’s season seemed to have ‘late goals’ written all over it, and that continued as Christian Eriksen scored a late winner against Inter Milan to keep our Champions League hopes alive.
The next big moment came at the Nou Camp as Lucas Moura levelled for us against Barcelona, and that was enough to take us into the knockout rounds.
Spurs were being held for a point against Burnley a few days later but the Dane stepped up again to score in stoppage time to hand us three points in the Premier League.
Spurs banging the goals in
Tottenham were in a purple patch for a while during the festive period as we scored six past Everton at Goodison Park.
We then scored five past Bournemouth at Wembley and tried to keep pace with the top two, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Harry Winks was another star who had an injury-plagued season but he had one great moment to savour. Spurs were 1-1 against Fulham until Winks, possibly the smallest player on the field, ran in to head the winner.
The late goals kept on coming, with Fernando Llorente bagging one against Watford after Son had equalised.
The South Korean then got the only goal of the game against a resolute Newcastle, and that was another late goal to add to the tally.
Champions League knockout drama
Borussia Dortmund were our opponents in the first knockout round of the Champions League, and we easily defeated the Bundesliga giants 3-0, with Jan Vertonghen scoring a great goal.
Our league form had taken a dip by then and we needed Hugo Lloris to come up big and save a penalty against Arsenal, thus rescuing a point for us.
Harry Kane was still doing his bit for the team and scored the only goal of the game against Dortmund in the Signal Iduna Park.
New beginnings at our new home
Our stadium was expected to open in September but there were several delays. However, the new stadium was ready this season as Spurs defeated Palace to begin a new era.
A few days later, we played Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and Son got the winner in the first leg.
We then faced City for the second leg at the Etihad, in what was the best game of the season, at that time.
The game was topsy turvy before Llorente scored our third goal to make it 4-3 on aggregate. The goal was checked by VAR but given.
We were going through to the semis on aggregate before Raheem Sterling thought he had scored in the final minute.
City’s players and Pep Guardiola were jubilant but all that came crashing down as VAR found Sergio Aguero to be marginally offside as the Spanish manager collapsed to the ground.
The Spurs players celebrated wildly after the final whistle, and there was more drama set to come in the next round.
Moura magic in Amsterdam
Moura had another big game for us as we came back from 3-0 down on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
The Brazilian scored a second-half hat-trick to take us to the final, with the last goal coming just seconds before the final whistle.
The Tottenham players and even Mauricio Pochettino became emotional after the win as we were set to play in our biggest European game in decades.
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned with Moussa Sissoko giving away a handball early in the final.
Mohamed Salah scored the penalty before Divock Origi got the second of the game despite us trying to get the equaliser.
It was a disappointing end to the season but Pochettino and the players would have gained a lot of experience from the Champions League journey.
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Reaching the final without any new signings is a credit to the entire staff at the club, and we should come back stronger in the coming campaign with a few new faces.
Tottenham season review 2018-19: Highs and lows throughout as campaign ends in disappointment
Spurs opinion: Tottenham 2018-19 season review – Several highs and lows for Pochettino’s men
Tottenham’s season ended in major disappointment as we lost the Champions League final 2-0 to Liverpool.
Spurs’ Champions League campaign was crazy given that we came back from the cusp of elimination several times and yet we reached the final due to some fantastic performances.
Our Premier League campaign was crazy too but not in a good way. We were in the race for the title but a poor start to 2019 saw us finish the campaign placed fourth, just sneaking into the Champions League places.
Our domestic cup campaign wasn’t great either, with elimination to Crystal Palace in the Fourth round of the FA Cup, while we were beaten by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Tottenham did not sign a single player in two transfer windows while we sold Mousa Dembele in the winter window, further limiting our options in the midfield. Most of our players came back from a long World Cup and several players picked up injuries, which affected our campaign.
It wasn’t the greatest season for Spurs but it wasn’t the worst either, and here are some of the moments from the campaign that stood out.
Player of the season
This was a tough decision given that several players struggled to do their bit for the side this season.
Harry Kane picked up two injuries, Dele Alli struggled to perform while Christian Eriksen started doing his bit in the second half of the campaign.
Son Heung-min was excellent in patches throughout the season despite leaving for two international tournaments during the campaign.
The man who gets the award, however, is Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman might not have scored or assisted too many goals, but his drive from the heart of the midfield set the tone for many quality performances.
The Frenchman was on the periphery of the starting XI at the start of the season, but injuries gave him a chance to impress and he did that really well.
Sissoko started the Champions League final on Saturday and even though we didn’t win, the Frenchman deserved to face the Reds.
Game of the season
Again, another tough decision to take. The first game at our new stadium will always be cherished but that didn’t have a lot of drama.
Tottenham’s three goals against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final second leg was an incredible game too.
Raheem Sterling’s goal was cancelled, thanks to VAR, and there were a lot of emotions as City were dumped out on away goals. However, the game of the season has to be the 3-2 win over Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena.
Lucas Moura scored an incredible hat-trick in the second half as we seemed to be going out of the tournament at the semi-final stage.
Ajax held a 3-0 aggregate lead at half-time in the Netherlands, however, Moura scored with practically the last kick of the game to take us into the final.
Cue wild celebrations with the travelling Tottenham fans, and it was one of the best games in football this season.
Player who failed to deliver
There were many players who failed to perform this but Keiran Trippier stands out as the unfortunate player that struggled the most.
The Englishman’s form dipped dramatically after an excellent performance in the World Cup with England.
The 28-year-old remained our first-choice right-back this season, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the former Burnley man.
Disappointment from the season
Not spending any money in two transfer windows. Tottenham shifted to their new stadium, albeit several months late, but we could have done with a few signings.
Pochettino’s hands were completely tied as he did a wonderful job with the players he had. Reaching a Champions League final without any new players is an incredible feat but we have to spend this season, else we will fall behind our rivals even more.
Goal of the season
Son scored an incredible goal against Man City in the Champions League at the Etihad but the winner has to be the South Korean’s effort against Chelsea as he blasted down the right, beat a couple of players and slotted the ball calmly.
Tottenham could have done better in the Premier League, but the lack of fresh faces, several injuries and tired players from the World Cup greatly affected our campaign.
Pochettino worked his magic by taking us to the Champions League final, and that is an incredible achievement.
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The Argentine is a gem and backing him in the transfer market should see us perform better next season.
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