Spurs opinion: Mauricio Pochettino deserves to win the Manager of the Season award
Tottenham’s Premier League season did not end with a bang as we played out a 2-2 draw with Everton at home.
Christian Eriksen rescued a point for us with a great free-kick, however, Spurs have bigger things to worry about, mainly the Champions League final.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side face Liverpool in an all-English final on 1st June, and reaching Madrid is a testament to the great job that the Argentine has done for us this season.
The Daily Mail reports that Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Nuno Espirito Santo have been named along with Pochettino as the nominees for the Manager of the Season award, and the winner should be our Argentine, irrespective of our Champions League run (which should not be counted since it is a domestic award).
Klopp and Guardiola might have slugged it out for the Premier League crown, breaking records aplenty but the Spaniard should not be in the frame for the award.
Guardiola could not match his points tally from last season despite spending huge on Riyad Mahrez in the summer. Klopp, for his part, also saw immense investment in the side, with four big players coming in the summer.
Nuno has done a great job with Wolves this season, but the Portuguese also spent in the summer to get some quality players in.
Spurs, on the other hand, spent nothing on transfers this season. The last senior player we signed was Lucas Moura, and we even sold Mousa Dembele in the winter window.
Tottenham were in the chase for the Premier League title until Jan/Feb, but then our squad was stretched to its limit and we lost ground on the top two.
Home calling for Spurs
Another factor that should be brought into play is that we have played almost the entirety of this season away from home.
We did that last season too and still made it to the top four. That remains a great achievement without strengthening the side, and Pochettino could have done even better had we signed some players in the summer.
Speaking of the summer, Tottenham had several players taking part in the semi-finals of the World Cup and that affected our preparations for the season.
Many of our stars came back tired, while some like Christian Eriksen returned with knocks.
The problems kept on mounting for us. Harry Kane suffered two serious injuries, almost every single senior player was out for some time due to an injury, and Son Heung-min participated in two international tournaments during the season.
Yet, Spurs made it to the top four, reached the semifinals of the Carabao Cup and are in the finals of the Champions League.
Injured/tired players, not the biggest squad in the Premier League, no investment in the side and a change of home all in one season.
Guardiola might have the trophies but he was expected to do that. Pochettino, on the other hand, could end the season with the Champions League crown.
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The Manager of the Year award should be given based on the domestic performances, and reaching the top four with a squad decimated by injuries should count a lot more than winning trophies with one of the best teams in football.