Tottenham Hotspur fans have put loyalties to one side to praise former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Twitter.
It has been a dark week in the modern history of Spurs, who lost 3-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion this past weekend in their first game since being thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Consequently, there are concerns about Mauricio Pochettino's long-term future as Tottenham manager. Despite dragging the club to a new plain, the Argentine, who led the Lilywhites to a Champions League final last season, is coming under major scrutiny.
Wenger has enjoyed a number of managerial duels with Pochettino in North London derbies during his time as Arsenal manager, and the legendary Frenchman backed his old adversary to bounce back, stating on BeIN Sports that he will 'certainly rebuild'.
He said: "Your real quality is always where you finish in the table. So the real trend is there. They knew and Pochettino knows, he said himself something is not there at the moment. And he will certainly rebuild that.
"I like him [Pochettino] very much because he’s always been quiet, respectful, motivated, worked very well and got a lot of recognition from his own players, that means he’s a quality manager."
Wenger was the bain of Tottenham supporters' for so long, after Arsenal went more than 10 years unbeaten against their North London rivals at one point.
But quite a few Spurs fans are acknowledging the 69-year-old on Twitter for his positive comments.
Here's how they reacted:
This man is pure class!— (@idaks_official) October 7, 2019
so much respect for him— Tom (@tom_dean25) October 7, 2019
What a classy bloke— ♛ THFC_N17 ♛ (@N17Kings_Drip) October 7, 2019
Respect. Legend.— WINKSY_WZN (@WINKSY_SZN8) October 7, 2019
I know be brought a lot of pain to our club by being good with Arsenal but hes a nice and respectful guy, with good analysis... has my respect also isnt biased— Eashan (@EashN17) October 7, 2019
The type of bloke that you could listen to his insights all night.— Neil (@bolton97) October 7, 2019
Great man, great manager, full respect even though he battered us most times— Marc Arnott (@Marc_Arns10) October 7, 2019
He’s spot on about Spurs and says it with class too— michael delve (@michaeldelve) October 7, 2019
Classy bloke. I’ve never had anything against him regardless of his ties with them.— Richie (@richiekpuk) October 7, 2019
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