Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham journey has ended, with arguably the best manager in the club’s recent memory having been unceremoniously dismissed less than six months after guiding the club to a first ever Champions League final.
The news of Pochettino’s departure and his subsequent replacement by Jose Mourinho has shocked football, and as the Argentine’s five year reign comes to an end we’ve decided to look at some of his best Spurs moments.
Here are five of Mauricio Pochettino’s most memorable wins as Tottenham manager:
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Manchester United (April 10, 2016)
Needing to win to keep pace with surprise leaders Leicester in the title race, Spurs produced a blistering six-minute spell in the second half to thrash their top-four chasing visitors at White Hart Lane and secure a first home victory over Manchester United since 2001.
Teenager Dele Alli scored the opener when he slotted home for his eighth goal of the season, before Toby Alderweireld’s header swiftly doubled Tottenham’s advantage.
Erik Lamela would complete the scoring against a shell-shocked United side with a sweet strike just two minutes later, in a dominant display for Pochettino’s side who restricted their opponents to just a single shot on target.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Chelsea (January 4, 2017)
A huge London derby had added spice following the previous season’s meeting, when Chelsea ended Tottenham’s title hopes in an ill-tempered game infamously referred to as the ‘Battle of the Bridge’.
Chelsea were a rejuvenated outfit in the current campaign and headed to White Hart Lane sitting top of the Premier League, whilst the club were seeking to make history by recording a 14th successive league victory under Antonio Conte.
Spurs would get one over their old rivals with a memorable home victory, Dele Alli twice heading home to secure three points and lift Pochettino’s side to third in the division.
It was sweet revenge for Tottenham and highlighted Pochettino’s tactical intelligence, the Spurs manager’s tactics nullifying Conte’s 3-4-3 system which had seen Chelsea march towards the title.
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Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool (October 22, 2017)
Forced to play their home fixtures at Wembley as the club moved into their new ground, many felt the club had a hoodoo with playing at the national stadium after failing to win their first three league fixtures under the famous arch, only to respond in emphatic style by thrashing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Harry Kane capitalised on a mistake from Dejan Lovren to open the scoring after four minutes, before Son Heung-Min doubled the lead after just 12 minutes. Mohamed Salah would pull one back for the visitors, however, it proved little more than consolation as Dele Alli and Kane’s second secured a resounding win.
Such was Spurs’ dominance, the hapless Lovren was substituted just after the half hour mark.
Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham (April 17, 2019)
Tottenham advance on away goals after 4-4 aggregate draw
A defeat on the night, but a huge victory on aggregate for Pochettino and Tottenham in one of the most enthralling Champions League nights in recent memory.
Drawn against Premier League champions Manchester City in the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier competition, Spurs headed to the Etihad for the second leg with one-goal lead after Son Heung-Min scored the only goal of the game in their first meeting.
What ensued was a pulsating encounter, the two teams exchanging four goals in the opening 11 minutes before Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City a 3-2 lead after just 21 minutes.
City would take the advantage in the tie courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s goal just before the hour, and Spurs would need to how character to come back following a frantic tie.
Fernando Llorente would prove to be the hero after bundling home corner, and the club would survive a late VAR scare to advance to the last four for the first time in their history.
Ajax 2-3 Tottenham (May 8, 2019)
Tottenham advance on away goals after 3-3 aggregate draw
Unquestionably the greatest night of Pochettino’s reign, Spurs would show spirit and character to complete one of the great Champions League comebacks of all-time.
Facing an exciting young Ajax side who had conquered Juventus and Real Madrid in the earlier rounds, Spurs would lose the first leg at home 1-0 courtesy of Donny van de Beek’s goal.
Their hopes of reaching a first ever final would diminish further just 35 minutes into the second leg, as Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech put the Dutch side in complete control.
Trailing by three goals and in the absence of the injured Harry Kane, Spurs were in need of a hero and it would be Lucas Moura who would write himself into the club’s history.
The Brazilian forward scored twice in four second half minutes to set up a tense finish, and with the clock having reached the sixth minute of stoppage time would find a late winner to secure his hat-trick and Tottenham’s place in the Champions League final in Madrid.
Moura’s treble sparked wild, wild celebrations at the Johan Cruyff Arena, with Pochettino in tears following a classic European encounter.