Tottenham Hotspur was founded in 1882; Chelsea followed later, in 1905. In the 118 years since then, a total of only four (4) managers have managed both teams. In fact, before the succession of Chelsea managers was appointed at White Hart Lane (André Villas-Boas, José Mourinho, Antonio Conte), only one, and only one, manager made a bad incident break that team – and it was he is the only one. doing so in our way.
But after the summer, Glenn Hoddle could no longer make that claim alone. Mauricio Pochettino took the Chelsea job with full knowledge of the drama it could cause for both fans – and with full knowledge of the challenges the job would bring him as a football coach, even before any of those other distractions came into being. included.
Obviously, we’re still working on the football part, but with the awkward encounter between Poch and the Spurs faithful looming, the Chelsea head coach is hoping to overcome that minor concern. He’s hoping to find reasonable ears on both sides of the aisle, which might be a bit of a challenge.
“I hope I can stay here (Chelsea) until I die! 20 or 25 years, but you never know in football. (Tottenham), certainly if I don’t work, maybe if they want (back) one day, why not?
“Who knows? A club (just) like Southampton or Espanyol or Newell’s Old Boys. It’s like life, you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. We need to enjoy today and I think now at 51, I think a lot about that, enjoy today and not look too much into the future , in the long run. But, why not?”
“(We) need to be natural – that’s the most important thing – not fake. I won’t say the best things. I don’t want to be a hypocrite and say something that I don’t understand or we will create. People are smart – you shouldn’t underestimate the fans, be it Chelsea or Spurs.
But make no mistake, Pochettino’s current loyalties lie in one place, and one place only, right here, right now. The focus is on developing this Chelsea team into the team we all hope we can be.
And in the process, he might be a bigger legend in SW6 than N17.
“I hope we can reach the same level I had at Tottenham. Because then it will mean that we are doing really well here. Yes, I expect to one day be at the same level but I won’t lie, not yet. It is a difficult situation.
“(…) I will be natural and enjoy a good game. I want to win – that’s my competitive side. But at the same time I want to enjoy it, to enjoy being part of the process. We did something special there, but I’m calm and I want to enjoy it, and hopefully we’ll get it.”
– Mauricio Pochettino; source: Telegraph
Our victory would be really exciting.
And there is a purpose not only in the moment, but in the process.
“It’s a plan but I hope it will be a game that will help us grow quickly. Sometimes it’s one game, one performance, one result or one goal that can help turn things around.
“(We) put pressure on the young guys to play quickly. (…) Certainly, Chelsea is an exciting project and we will find a way to get results. Performance is good but what we mean is to translate that into a positive result.”
– Mauricio Pochettino; source: Evening Standard
There’s no better time than now to make sure nothing gets lost in any translation!