Why Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino is manager of the season so far

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino  during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 15, 2018 in London, United...

Against all odds, Tottenham Hotspur remain in the title race after a remarkable performance from manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino  during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 15, 2018 in London, United...

Mauricio Pochettino should be considered manager of the season so far, having guided Tottenham Hotspur to the last 16 of the Champions League and their best ever Premier League start.

Spurs are just about in the title race, sitting in third place and six points behind top of the table Liverpool, while they reached the knockout stages of the Chanpions League after a dramatic 1-1 draw away to Barcelona.

And yet, despite the incredible job the Argentine has done, his name is rarely put on the same pedestal as the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

 

Of course, both those managers have the outstanding teams this season in Manchester City and Liverpool. However, it is even more credit to the work Pochettino is doing that Spurs are within touching distance at the top.

Liverpool and Manchester City have both spent hundreds of millions to create a squad equipped for winning the league.

Riyad Mahrez of Man City battles with Lucas Digne of Everton during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium on December 15, 2018 in Manchester,...

Compare that to Pochettino, who did not make one signing during the summer, and has had countless injuries to cope with.

Tottenham had more players at the World Cup than any other side, and nine of those 12 have suffered some form of injury so far this season.

Pochettino has had to juggle his squad remarkably and, rather than moan at the comparative lack of resources compared to all other top six sides, has got on with his job, making the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura high performing players in the process.

15th December 2018, Wembley Stadium, London England; EPL Premier League football, Tottenham Hotspur versus Burnley; Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur

The fact that Spurs are yet to move into their new stadium, and have so far played 10 away games out of the 17, it is remarkable Tottenham are in the title race...and outperforming Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United..

Tottenham are unlikely to win the league, or the Champions League, this season. However, Pochettino has his side competing against all the odds, which is testament to the best manager in the league this season.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on...

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