Mauricio Pochettino was in the top three for FIFA’s Best Men’s Coach award recently but 2019 will end on a sour note for the Spurs boss unless he turns their form around.
Pochettino dramatically and improbably led Spurs to last season's Champions League final but things have crashed back to reality this term. The Argentinian's five years at the helm have seen Spurs transformed from Europa League contenders to top-four regulars, but this calendar year's poor results are threatening to derail his great reputation at the club.
Here are five stats & trends giving Spurs supporters sleepless nights.
🌴 Premier League's worst away record
Spurs has yet to win a match on the road this season, with three draws and three losses across all competitions. Their last away win in the Premier League was at Fulham's Craven Cottage on 20 January. Since then, Spurs have lost eight and drawn two away games in the Premier League, conceding 18 times. Their next away match is at Anfield, where hosts Liverpool are unbeaten in 44.
😳 Biggest home defeat by an English side in Europe
Bayern Munich's stunning 7-2 thrashing of Spurs in the Champions League last week represents the biggest-ever margin of defeat by an English team at home in any European competition. Previously, North London rivals Arsenal held that unwanted record with a 5-1 defeat to the same opposition, Bayern Munich, in 2017.
❌ More losses than wins in 2019
Spurs have lost 18 games across all competitions in 2019, including their penalty shootout defeat to Colchester United, and five of those 18 matches have come in the first two months of the 2019/2020 campaign. With a total of 17 victories in the bank for the same period, the balance doesn't look good at all.
🥅 Throwing away leads
Across both the Premier League and Champions League in 2019/2020, Tottenham has dropped 10 points from winning positions. They fluffed a two-goal lead at Emirates Stadium to draw with Arsenal and lost 2-1 at Leicester after taking the lead there too.
In the Champions League, another two-goal lead was squandered in a 2-2 draw away to Olympiacos and of course, there was that heavy defeat to Bayern Munich, a match where Spurs took the lead.
🇦🇷 Worst start to an EPL season since Poch's first in charge
With 11 points on the board after eight games, Spurs's current situation is the worst it's been for Pochettino since he took charge.
How can he turn it around?
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