Mauricio Pochettino spent 17 years as a professional player, 10 of which were in La Liga with Espanyol, scoring 13 goals in 275 games. During his career he also played in France for two clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux, having started his career with Newell’s Old Boys. He also played international football for 3 years representing Argentina at the 2002 World Cup and the 1999 Copa America.
In January 2009 he began his managerial career at Espanyol, where he stayed there for just under 4 years.
He then came to the premier league.
In his first full season at Southampton, he was a breath of fresh air as they equalled their greatest ever league finish of 8th.
Along came Spurs
On 27 May 2014 he was appointed head coach of Tottenham Hotspur.
It was a massive gamble for anyone to take the role as he became their 10th manager in 12 years.
In his 1st season Tottenham finished 5th. However more impressive was the work behind the scenes with the academy players that he slowly integrated into the 1st team. The most significant was Harry Kane at the expense of Spanish international Roberto Soldado.
This gamble has clearly paid off as he along with teammates Dele Alli and Eric Dier are now being mentioned to play for England on a regular basis, even at the European Championships in France this summer.
The most recent Premier League campaign they were being talked of very highly as they challenged Leicester to the title. Out playing a lot of bigger clubs with more experience and budget. Eventually what was thought of as a 2 horse race wasn’t to be, after a few poor results Arsenal pipped them to second. However a respectable 3rd is something I’m sure he’ll build upon next season.
Style of play
Pochettino favours a very high-pressing, attacking style of football. He often employed a 4-2-3-1 formation at the clubs he has managed.
His teams always build from the back rarely putting a long ball into the box from a defender. He likes his players to intimidate and unsettle opponents with a quick press system and work the ball into the box.
Preferring his players to be quick with excellent stamina able to cover short ground very quickly to close down an opponent.
He has been hailed by many pundits for his focus on developing local players from the clubs’ youth academies.
A born winner
“We need to improve our squad – this is very clear, Pochettino said. Me, our supporters, our players, our squad – we are all agreed that we need to improve.”
“You need to kill these games if you want to win the title, Pochettino said. It’s very disappointing and it’s hard but in football you have to capitalise on the experience. We played very well in the first half and we spent a lot of energy when it was only 1-0. In the second half we …”
“I think even if you play sometimes football with your friends, if you play for the honour, for the beers, or for the sandwiches, you want to win..”