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Has Pochettino lost it?

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It was only a few weeks ago that Mauricio Roberto Pochettino was in the top three for FIFA’s best men’s coach award. Pochettino received widespread recognition for guiding Tottenham Hotspur to their first ever champions league final, overcoming obstacles in dramatic circumstances along the way. He achieved this feat without signing any player.

Pochettino’s signings

 So prior to the 2019-2020 season they were tipped to pull a surprise. He signed Tanguy Ndombele in a club record deal from Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyon, Giovani Lo Celso from Spanish side Real Betis and Ryan Sessengnon from Fulham.

Spurs poor run of form

But in reality this season has been a poor year for spurs, with the 2019-2020 campaign highlighting the sorry state of things in north London club. Poor recent results have even seen Pochettino linked with leaving Tottenham, whether of his own accord or by being sacked. Despite the progress he has made over the years. Pochettino is in his sixth year as Tottenham manager, sparking fears he has taken the team as far as he can and that things have gone stale at the club amid tensions in the squad. The north London side are yet to win in six games away from the Tottenham hotspur stadium this season, drawing three and losing three. A lot has been said about Tottenham not looking much different from the team Pochettino first inherited in 2014, with similar problems affecting spurs right now. Tottenham are currently 11th in the premier league table with 12 points. That is how worst it has been for Pochettino at this stage of a season since he took charge. Spurs must hope the only way is up, or their form will soon become a full blown crisis. It was the first time Spurs have been knocked out of a cup competition by a lower league side under Pochettino, and the first time the Argentinian has suffered that fate even when including his spell in charge of Southampton.  Spurs were thrashed by 7goals to 2 at their own backyard. The worst defeat an English side at home in any European competition have suffered and it was also the first time Spurs have let in seven goals at home in any major competition.

Players form guide

 A section of the players are enjoying poor run of form with the likes of Delle Ali, Danny Rose, Sergie Aurier and their number shot stopper Hugo Lloris. Their shot stopper is proving to be less than reliable at key moments. Since the start of the 2016/17 premier league campaign, the French goalkeeper has made 10 errors leading to goals. No player in the division has made more, with former Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic level on 10. Two of Lloris’s 10 errors have this season and in back to back games. The first came against as he was tackled pretty much on a goal line by Danny Ings after a terrible attempt at a Cruyff Turn. The following he dropped a cross from Brighton’s Adam Webster, allowing Neil Maupay to score and dislocating his elbow in the aftermath.

Key players unwilling to renew their contracts

Tottenham hotspurs inconsistency on the pitch stems from the uncertainty over the futures of a number of their key players. More than half the team are unsettled and four to five players won’t be at the club next season. Christian Eriksen, who is out of contract at the end of the season is not playing with a sound mind and also not willing to renew his contract. Full back Danny Rose have explored move away from the club over the summer. Center halves Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderwiereld are in the final year of their deals and will be leaving the club on free transfers at the end of the season unless the situation changes over the coming months.

Selection of Players

 Moving forward player selection has been a major problem for Mauricio Pochettino. Lucas Moura is not treated fairly by Pochettino. He was arguably their best player in the champion’s league last season. A section of the fans have urged the Tottenham boss to start him in matches. Moura has been used sparingly by the spurs this season and he’s only started two of Tottenham 10 matches premier league matches. The Brazilian pace and eye for goals gives Pochettino another option going forward.

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