Lord Sugar responds to suggest one of his Tottenham side's more talented than this

Is this the most talented Tottenham team of the past 20 years, or simply the best managed?

Tottenham Hotspur have been a revelation this season, putting together a sustained run of form which has them in contention to land a Champions League place.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino deserves real credit for his impact, which shone through as a rotated team demolished Monaco 4-1.

Former club chairman Lord Sugar was asked after the victory if this was the most talented team he has seen at the club over the past two decades.

He responded to suggest that in his opinion it was not, having overseen a better side - even if by his own admission their results did not show it. 

(Bear with his obvious typos...)


Sugar felt that the team of Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton, Nick Barmby, Sol Campbell, Gheorge Popescu and Ilie Dumitrescu possessed more than this Spurs side had to offer.

A similar argument could be made for Harry Redknapp's team which included Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

Yet the difference now, with respect to Redknapp and Ossie Ardiles, is Tottenham might have the best manager they have had in the last two decades.

The Spurs team of Klinsmann et al never really clicked into achieving anything substantial, but they were right up there in terms of talent.

It should be Pochettino's mission to ensure this talented crop of players go on to win trophies, and are not talked about in years to come as another group of nearly men who never fulfilled their potential at the club.

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