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Pochettino says 'Rodgers and I changed mentality of English football'

Are you sure, Mauricio?! Former Tottenham boss Pochettino claims ‘Brendan Rodgers and I changed the mentality of English football’… even though neither of them have won ANY major trophies in England!

  • Mauricio Pochettino claims he and Brendan Rodgers ‘changed’ English football 
  • The former Spurs boss enjoyed five successful seasons in north London 
  • The 48-year-old said the ‘mentality’ of the league changed due to his influence
  • However, both he nor Rodgers have won major silverware in English football 

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that both he and Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers ‘changed the mentality of English football’ despite the fact that neither manager has won a major trophy in England.

Pochettino left his post at Tottenham Hotspur last November after five successful seasons with the north London club, where under his stewardship, the club were transformed into one of Europe’s top clubs. 

His tenure peaked last June when he took Spurs to the Champions League final, where they were beaten by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, and a run of bad results led to his sacking this season. 

Mauricio Pochettino feels he and Brendan Rodgers ‘changed the mentality of English football’

Pochettino was sacked by Spurs last November but says his influence goes beyond Tottenham

Pochettino’s impact on Spurs is undeniable, but the Argentine believes both he and Rodgers have had an effect on English football as a whole. Rodgers, like Pochettino, has successfully imposed a unique style of play during his tenures at Swansea, Liverpool and Leicester.

Speaking to El Pais about the style of play imposed at Southampton, Pochettino said: ‘It was not the way to press but how we [Southampton] played from behind, with positional attacks, retrieving the ball high and attacking fast. It was a change of mentality and we proved that the English could do it. 

‘I think together with Brendan Rodgers we changed the mentality of English football a bit. And the arrival of Pep [Guardiola] later cemented and settled everything because today, in any quarry in the world, what predominates is the capacity of that associative and positional game that has invaded world football.’

The Argentine said that the style of play imposed by himself and Rodgers changed the league 

He said the press and the positional awareness at Southampton changed English football

Pochettino’s claim will certainly raise a few eyebrows, given that neither he nor Rodgers has won silverware as a manager in England during their combined 15-year spell in England. 

The Northern Irish boss came close to winning the Premier League title with Liverpool in the 2013-14 campaign, only to be pipped by Manchester City. 

Spurs, too, were in the running for the Premier League title during the 2015-16 season, but were unable to close the gap on Leicester City who ended the campaign as champions. They also finished runners up in last season’s Champions League final.

Despite his claim, neither Pochettino nor Rodgers have lifted major silverware in England

The 48-year-old spoke of the ‘legacy’ he has left at the three clubs – Espanyol, Southampton and Spurs – he has managed thus far. 

‘After almost 11 years of training there is a track record and a legacy in the three clubs we have been to,’ he added. ‘My feeling is that we have achieved goals and exceeded expectations.’ 

Pochettino is currently looking for work, and told the Spanish outlet that he would not limit his options to just the Premier League and LaLiga.  




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