'Pretender to the throne' - Savage tears into Tottenham, deals Pochettino damning blow
Former Premier League star and current pundit Robbie Savage has torn into Tottenham over their lack of silverware and dealt a damning blow to manager Mauricio Pochettino for his trophy record.
The Lilywhites are heading into an FA Cup semi final on Saturday for their second successive season, with just Manchester United standing in their way for the chance to take on the challenge of a final for cup glory.
The club’s last major title came back in 2008, Juande Ramos leading his men to the League Cup title, and the lack of trophies in the Lilywhite half of north London means that despite their impressive displays, Savage is not considering them among the top sides in Europe.
In addition, he also targeted Pochettino’s disappointing history of honours in comparison to United’s Jose Mourinho, which reads 20-0 in the Portuguese boss’ favour.
Writing in his column for the Mirror, he said: “Sorry, you cannot be counted among Europe’s elite if you have won only two trophies in 27 years.
“Pochettino has built an exciting side and, yes, they are terrific to watch when Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli are on song. But the way champions Manchester City outplayed Spurs at Wembley last weekend shows Tottenham are still miles short of winning the title.
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“If Mourinho can finish second in the Premier League and win the FA Cup, some people will say the season has been a failure for Manchester United – yet Pochettino could finish fourth, without a trophy, and everyone raves about him!
“There’s no escaping that 20-0 killer stat – and until Pochettino breaks his duck, he will remain a pretender to the throne, not the king.”
Football Insider verdict
Tell us how you really feel Robbie! The outspoken pundit has outdone himself once again with a ferocious attack on Spurs which he tries to back up with an argument over silverware. Yes, Tottenham might be lacking in the trophy department but the fact that years ago they were mere hopefuls for a Europa League spot demonstrates the stunning growth that they have undertaken. A major title is only a matter of time away and the fact they are still in with a chance for the FA Cup this season suggests Savage might have opened his mouth too soon. However, it is still up to Pochettino and his men to prove him wrong, and beating Manchester United is the only way to do so.
In other Tottenham news, the club must blow Liverpool away in their hunt for a pocket rocket with the X factor.