Does Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino have a point to prove in Saturday’s north London derby against Arsenal?
Despite the great performances of Tottenham, and the undisputable improvement the team has seen, Mauricio Pochettino still needs to prove on thing.
He needs to show the world Tottenham can win away from home against top-six rivals as well.
Pochettino has only claimed one win in 16 trips to the Premier League’s big six since taking over at Spurs – and that came back in February 2016, when a late goal from Christian Eriksen secured a 2-1 win over Mauricio Pellegrini’s Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Sky Sports understands.
The Spurs manager is hoping to take the first step towards ending that trend as they get ready for the clash at Emirates. Despite Tottenham’s recent record in away games against top-six sides, they actually have not been beaten by Wenger since Pochettino took over in 2014.
In Wenger, he will meet a manager with even bigger problems in the big games. The Frenchman’s away record is even worse than Pochettino’s – he has only won one out of 18 since August 2014 – and his overall record is worse than any of his top-six counterparts, Sky Sports continues.
On the other hand, Pochettino has shown his strength with winning 10 out of his 33 games against top-six sides, for Wenger it’s only 6 out of 33 in the same time period. The Gunners have only been able to get 6 victories from their last 15 home games against top-six teames since the start of the 2014-2015 season.
Saturday’s derby looks like a good opportunity for Tottenham to get a long overdue victory against a top-six rival such as Arsenal. Pochettino’s side are still flying high since their stunning 3-1 victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League and that might just help Spurs defeat the Gunners this weekend.