I recognise that Pochettino is only talking about the reality of managing Spurs. And I think what he's accomplished there with a small budget is fantastic. But the way I look at it, it raises the risk that he's a more exciting version of Moyes. Tactically, sure, Pochettino is way more exciting than Moyes. But what about the mentality? Moyes did great work to get Everton to a be a top four, or regularly on the fringes of top 4, club. Arguably even better than Poch's accomplishment, if you're looking at things in a very unemotional, money spent per-league place kind of way. Moyes' top scorers for Everton were the likes of Fellaini and that Ozzie lump ffs. He never even had a decent striker.dozer wrote: ↑1 year agoWhat he said applies well to Spurs; he obviously won't think the same at United.Sid wrote: ↑1 year ago'Winning trophies only builds ego' - worrying comments for a club like United that's all about winning trophies. The Glazers will love hearing him prioritise top 4 over silverware though.bman2 wrote: ↑1 year agoPochettino, who has yet to claim a trophy in his managerial career, admitted disappointment at this rather meek defeat but suggested trophies would not maintain Spurs’ development as a club. “We are going to create a debate that to win a trophy is going to help the club,” he said. “I don’t agree with that. That only builds your ego. In reality the most important thing is being consistently in the top four and playing in the Champions League.“
https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... r-not-cups
If Spurs won the league cup and finished 6th, it'll obviously mean they are 5 other better teams than them over the season. Since they're a well run club they'll probably finish top 4; it's better than not winning any second rate trophies like the league or the FA cup.
Arsene Wenger got stick from the fans for not doing well, but I;m sure if the board gave him 200m to spend; he'd have done it. He wasn't against buying players; he bought plenty. He couldn't afford top players' transfer fees and wages. He did well with the cards he was dealt. Idk if anyone could have done better. The fans targeted him more than the board which was a mistake. Umery spent more and isn't doing any better than Wenger.
But Moyes totally failed to show a change in mentality. Could Poch step up and show a winning mentality? Winning a smaller cup is good practice for winning the league or the CL -- it shows that you can get the players up for it. You need a combination of quality, professional, and the psychological edge to win the big competitions. I'm convinced Poch can manage a side to have consistent quality and professionalism, but can he convince a bunch of millionaire twenty-somethings that winning this match, right now, is the only thing that matters?