'A genius' - Pochettino heralds unsung hero in Tottenham resurgence
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has heralded his assistant manager Jesus Perez for his role in helping the club’s strong run of form in recent weeks.
The Lilywhites have gone 11 games unbeaten across all competitions since being thrashed 4-1 at the hands of runaway league leaders Manchester City back in mid-December, which has seen them reach the fifth round of the FA Cup as well as staying within touching distance of the top four, after slipping out earlier in the campaign.
They managed to pick up just one Premier League win in six games from the end of October to the start of December, but their resurgence has seen them push back up into fifth, one point off Chelsea and six off of Liverpool.
While many might point to the players or Pochettino for their success, the manager himself chose to credit an unsung hero in the form of Perez, insisting his input helped the team to be at the very top of their game.
He was quoted by Sportsmole.co.uk as saying: “One of the reasons is my guidance next to me [points to his assistant Jesus Perez] – he’s a genius.
“I think that the team is so strong, the physical condition is so strong, mental and of course in the way that we play is so clear the philosophy and everything always helps the team and the players to perform in the way that we want.
“Of course the talent of the players is the first thing. We have a very good squad, great players and of course now the competition.”
Tottenham’s next game sees them face up against fierce rivals Arsenal on Saturday at Wembley, with Pochettino’s men looking to exact revenge after the Gunners beat them 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the reverse fixture.
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