'Very complicated' - Pochettino makes bizarre comparison between Tottenham and rivals
By Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that his side are like Fernando Alonso competing against Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship when comparing the club to their rivals.
Spurs are currently sitting third in the Premier League table, eight points behind league leaders Manchester City and three off second placed Manchester United, having suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Red Devils on Saturday.
Their European form has been more impressive than recent years, as they sit joint top of their Champions League group with title holders Real Madrid, with the two sides having drawn 1-1 at the Bernabeu prior to the return fixture at Wembley on Wednesday.
However, while he has gained plaudits for turning Spurs into title contenders, the club will not have picked up any silverware for 10 years in the new year, and some outsiders have suggested that securing a trophy needs to be the next step for the club.
Pochettino refutes those claims, insisting that success need not be measured on titles won, using a bizarre analogy of racing driver Alonso to back up his point, with the Formula One icon considered among the best despite a lack of recent silverware.
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He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “Which is the best Formula 1 driver, the one who wins? The one with the best car?
“We talk about the complaints of Fernando Alonso and it is very difficult. Here the same thing happens.
“You have to measure everything under the circumstances of what each one has and also of the project in which you are and the club characteristics in which you are.
“In football it is very complicated to measure. Is Hamilton the best? Of course because he wins, but if we give Alonso the same car, he would still win.
“There are many other coaches who do not win and for me they are successful.”
Hamilton won his fourth world title in Mexico over the weekend, while double winner Alonso picked up the last of his championships in 2006.
Spurs’ last piece of silverware came in 2008 as they picked up their fourth League Cup, although they will not be adding number five to their history this season after being knocked out by West Ham earlier in the season.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has said that the club need to “change everything” if they are to win titles.