'Do what Jose Mourinho did' – Collymore slams Pochettino for this Tottenham decision
By Laura O’Leary
Stan Collymore believes Mauricio Pochettino should be making the League Cup Tottenham’s number one priority in the next two or three years – and has rated him 1/10 for not taking it seriously this season.
In his latest column for the Daily Mirror, Collymore believes Pochettino should follow Mourinho’s lead at Manchester United and Chelsea, who ensured his sides won silverware by going after the League Cup.
He wrote: “He should be making it Spurs’ No.1 priority in the next two or three years as they try to win their first trophy since 2008.
“He should be saying ‘we want this League Cup, I want to do what Jose Mourinho did when he went into Chelsea and then Manchester United and put some silverware on the mantelpiece early by winning the league cup. It can be a springboard.”
Tottenham have already been knocked out of the competition this season courtesy of a shock 3-2 defeat to West Ham last week.
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As mentioned by Collymore, Spurs last trophy came back in 2008 when they won the League Cup under the guidance of Juande Ramos.
Pochettino is yet to win a trophy in English football, but has achieved notable success despite this, with both Southampton and Tottenham.
The 45-year-old guided Southampton to their highest ever Premier League finish, and led Tottenham to a second place finish last season.
In the 2015/16 season, the Argentinian manager oversaw Spurs finish third which made them qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 2010/11 season.
Collymore did go on to acknowledge Pochettino’s accolades that haven’t resulted in trophies, rating him a nine out of ten for them.
He said: “So nine out of ten for everything Pochettino has done, for English football, at Southampton and at Spurs
“One out of ten for not prioritising that league cup as almost a Champions League-esque priority this season.”
Pochettino signed a long-term deal with Spurs back in 2016, tying him to the club until 2021.
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