Tottenham manager thinks Spurs players can compete with world’s best
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed his players to “believe” they can compete with the world’s best, Sky Sports reports.
The Argentine head coach attended Monday’s FIFA awards in London and insisted the event is a “huge motivation” for his squad to “achieve big things” in football. Pochettino then went on to praise his unbelievable striker and Tottenham’s crucial starting goalkeeper among others.
The 24-man shortlist for Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 award included the London-based team’s fan favourite Harry Kane, alongside their rival Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea’s terrific duo, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante from the Premier League. It seems as London has a lot to offer when it comes to football, right?
When Pochettino was asked whether Kane could be a top contender for the best player award next year, he replied: “Not just Harry, in that case, we also have Hugo (Lloris) or different players.”
He went on to talk about the importance of setting high goals and staying motivated: “I think it’s important to believe that they can achieve that level and to be close to the amazing players that were nominated yesterday.”
While the Argentine boss received three first-place votes for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award, surprisingly none of these votes came from his captain Hugo Lloris. The French goalkeeper instead chose to opt for his fellow French legend, Real Madrid’s current coach: Zinedine Zidane.
Pochettino went on to publicly support his goalkeeper and backed Lloris’ decision to pick Zidane as the best coach: “Who number one? Zidane? Well, he’s French! I am happy, it’s normal. Zidane received the trophy for best manager and he deserves to be number one.”
Tottenham’s next game is against West Ham on Wednesday in the EFL Cup. Fans can’t wait to see how their “future FIFA Men’s Player” award winner Kane and France’s superstar goalkeeper will lead their team out to the pitch.