England v Tunisia game proves Pochettino worth every bit of his massive reported Tottenham deal
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been hailed as one of the best managers in the game, despite not delivering a trophy yet for Spurs.
That didn’t stop notoriously tight money man Daniel Levy snapping him up on a new five-year deal, reportedly worth up to £42.5million.
The trophies will come, we’ve no doubt about that, but in the meantime you’ve only got to look to the England set-up to see why he’s worth every single penny.
England won their first game at a World Cup for only the third time ever on Monday night, but the 2-1 victory didn’t do them any justice.
They should have been four or five up by half-time and if Jesse Lingard had his shooting boots on they would have been out of sight before Tunisia’s equalising penalty.
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The three best players on the pitch were all Tottenham men.
Harry Kane got both goals and enough has been said about him – he’s one of the world’s best strikers, plain and simple.
Dele Alli showed signs of being back to his best before picking up an annoying thigh injury that seemed to take 20% off his game.
He’s so important to Gareth Southgate that the England manager kept him on for 80 minutes and will be hoping that doesn’t come back to haunt him, with Alli reportedly set for a scan on Tuesday.
Kieran Trippier was arguably better than both of them.
He marauded forwards whenever he got the chance and whipped in countless crosses that had Tunisia completely panic-stricken.
It’s no coincidence that Arsenal, Tottenham’s bitter rivals, had no one on the pitch yesterday.
The balance of power has switched in north London and it’s all down to one man.
Pochettino is worth every single bit of his £8.5m a year. levy knows it – he doesn’t spend any more money than he has to, ever.
All he needs now is a trophy, one of the big ones like the Premier League or the Champions League, and his legacy will be complete.
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