Christian Eriksen, who was one of the stand-out performers in Spurs’ 2-2 draw away to Juventus in the Champions League last night, says that the game showed just how far Spurs have come under their Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino. He said that Spurs have improved every year under Pochettino, and that they’re not going to lie down if they’re being beaten.
“Of course we are building on every season compared to when I arrived here four or five years ago now,” Eriksen said.
“Everyone has grown up and they are not going to lie down if they are 2-0 down anyway.
“Tottenham, compared to what it was when I came to what it is now, is completely different. That’s up to the manager, up to the players and the quality we have in the squad really.”
Even before last night’s impressive performance, there were reports that some of the top clubs in European football were going to try to lure Pochettino away from north London. Last night’s game will have only added to his reputation, but Eriksen says the players aren’t worried about their manager leaving.
“No, the players are happy with him, the club is very happy with him,” the Danish playmaker said.
“Of course, it’s his decision but I think what he’s building here he would like to be part of it. I think that’s what he showed when he signed the new deal, a long-term deal.
“Of course there will be interest from other clubs because he’s doing really well but hopefully he’ll stay. We don’t really think about that.”
There will undoubtedly be clubs chasing Pochettino, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in bringing him to Spain. Real are struggling this season, and if they fail to win the Champions League there is a high chance Zinedine Zidane will be sacked. It’s very important for Spurs to keep hold of the man that has brought them to a new level, especially as they begin the transition to a new stadium. We’ll see how he reacts if one of Europe’s elite clubs come calling.
Eriksen has also been linked with a move away, but I’m not sure if there are any clubs that are considering making concrete offers for him in the summer. I would be surprised if there weren’t to be honest. because the playmaker is a fantastic player and would be a great addition to any side.
Spurs have managed to keep their team together for the last couple of years, so we’ll see if they can manage to do that again this summer. If they do, and bring in a couple of decent players, there’s no reason they couldn’t challenge for the major honours next season.