According to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Real Madrid have shortlisted Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as a replacement for current boss Zinedine Zidane.
Real Madrid are experiencing a nightmare campaign. They are struggling in La Liga and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes. As usual, the boss takes the brunt of the criticism and Zidane’s career as boss at the Bernabeu is currently hanging by a thread.
Unsurprisingly, considering the job he has done Real president Florentino Perez is interested in employing the form Espanyol boss.
One of the brightest young coaches in Europe
Through the work he has done at Tottenham, the Argentinian boss is now seen as one of the brightest young coaches in the European game. He has forged a reputation at Tottenham despite the fact that their rivals have far more resources at their disposal.
Against the odds, Pochettino has turned Tottenham into contenders, when previously they were just wannabes. The Argentinian has managed this by creating a team that is both good to watch and solid in defence. By in large that is what most teams want to be.
Pochettino has displayed the skills of a potentially world-class boss, despite not yet winning any silverware with Tottenham.
He has hit a ceiling with Spurs
Pochettino has hit a ceiling with Tottenham. For two seasons, Spurs looked like genuine title contenders. However, they never quite made it over that title-winning line. Unfortunately, for the North London club, the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United have strengthened to the extent that they may never get a better chance of winning the Premier League title than those two seasons.
Tottenham had a short window when the moneyed teams were not quite at the races. They are now and this season Spurs are back to competing just for a top-four spot. In reality, Tottenham are never going to be willing to compete with the Manchester clubs or Chelsea when it comes to wages and transfer fees. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy runs a tight financial ship.
His prudent approach to financial management is good to keep the club ticking over. However, it will likely mean that Tottenham are never real title contenders again. Pochettino would have massive resources at Real Madrid in which to work with, as quite simply the men from the Spanish capital dwarf most English clubs in terms of finance and profile.
Tottenham cannot compete, even if the north London club did recently best Los Blancos in the Champions League. In the long term, Real Madrid are always more likely to be winning the big trophies. Pochettino does have reasons to stay in north London, like the clubs new stadium and the fact that the team at Tottenham is his team.
Tottenham needs to make the Champions League
Tottenham have been perennial qualifiers for the Champions League in recent seasons. However, they are now in a fight for a top-four spot with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. Pochettino’s side are currently odds of 6/4 to finish in the Champions League spots this season, fifth favourites. That means the bookmakers believe that the north London side will miss out on the top-four.
Finishing outside the top-four would not be enough to make the boss or any key players leave in the summer. However, if the team from north London continue to fail to make Europe’s elite competition, key figures will start to question the clubs ambitions.
It will be interesting to see if Real Madrid are capable of luring Pochettino away from Tottenham this summer. I do not believe that the Argentinian boss will leave this summer, although the high profile position must tempt the highly-rated boss.
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