By Will Butcher
Niall Quinn has insisted he would put money on Mauricio Pochettino securing a Premier League trophy at Tottenham before Pep Guardiola is able to do the same with Manchester City.
Spurs currently sit in second behind league leaders and London rivals Chelsea, while City remain in third and two points away from Pochettino’s side.
Former Premier League striker Quinn claimed on Sky Sports’ website that Pochettino’s loyalty would see him remain at White Hart Lane, even if a team like Barcelona came calling.
Quinn, who was Sunderland’s chairman for a five-year period, also believes that Spurs will finish top of the Premier League sooner than Guardiola will with City.
“Spurs will benefit from his loyalty,” Quinn said of Pochettino. “The man that they used to call The Sheriff when he managed in Spain runs White Hart Lane within the club’s structures and with an eye for developing good young players.
“I wouldn’t waste a penny on betting on him to go to the Nou Camp. I’d have a small flutter at nice odds on the tortoise (Pochettino) beating the hare (Guardiola) to a Premier League title over the next few years though.”
Pochettino saw his side move two points clear of City on the weekend, as his north London outfit secured a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane over Southampton.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were enough to see of the brave challenge of Claude Puel’s side, while Guardiola saw watched on as City failed to overcome Liverpool at the Etihad.
Spurs claimed four points against City this season under Pochettino’s guidance, with a 2-0 win at home before a 2-2 draw in Eastlands proving to have a crucial effect on the league.
With 10 league games left for both sides, it remains to be seen who will finish on top as Chelsea continue to sit pretty at the summit of the league table.
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