By eliminating Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Tottenham continues to make its place among the major European clubs.
At the end of a totally crazy match in the quarter-final return of the Champions League against Manchester City (4-3), Tottenham has offered the first ticket of its history for the last square. A performance that is far from being due to chance.
Traders in the locker room
Mauricio Pochettino, coach of Tottenham since 2015, relies on a workforce where individualities do not take precedence over the collective. If Harry Kane or Christian Eriksen are seen as the superstars of the squad, others are making an exceptional season. Like Heung-min Son (26), present at the club since 2015 and author of 12 goals and six assists in the league. But it is especially in the Champions League that the South Korean is revealed to everyone. By scoring twice on Wednesday night against Manchester City, he became the top Asian scorer in the history of European competition. Scorer also on the way out, Son made forget the absence of Harry Kane.
A player with a similar trajectory is none other than Lucas Moura. The Brazilian seems to be no longer the player as irregular as he was at Paris-Saint-Germain. Author of ten goals, the striker managed to be more and more decisive in the image of his hat-trick last weekend against Huddersfield. The Pochettino effect?
"Mauricio Pochettino will one day be the best coach in the world"
Stability with Mauricio Pochettino
Arrived in 2014 on the banks of the Spurs at the request of President Daniel Levy to succeed Tim Sherwood, Mauricio Pochettino emerged from five seasons on the bench in Southampton. A choice of some stability for the London club. It's the case. The charismatic Argentine technician is quick to print his leg on the London squad. Starting with a surprising mercato last. At a time when many coaches are trying to target potential recruits to complete their squad, Pochettino decides to recruit no players while retaining all of his players. His human and tactical qualities poke the greed of the big European clubs. Interest has also been shown by Real Madrid or PSG
But Tottenham is keen on his coach. To begin with his players. "Mauricio Pochettino counts a lot for me. Our relationship goes beyond football. It's a meeting. He will one day be the best coach in the world. It already is for me. His presence and our relationship are all things that matter most to me", says Hugo Lloris in 2017. The relationship is even more developed since his last weeks when the technician had defended his goalkeeper after his ball against Stoke City early April. Human and tactical management without fail. For the time being.
Ironically, Tottenham saw the best Champions League epic in history the year the Spurs have been playing since April 3 in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The 62,000-seat North London Arena is the third largest stadium in the Premier League. Entering the project of urban development, this stage with infrastructure as modern as its seductive training center affirm the will of the club to put itself at the level of the big English stables. Starting with his neighboring club and rival, Arsenal. A fair evolution by the club chaired by businessman Daniel Levy since 2001.