Neville And Carragher Clash On Tottenham’s Future Amid Mauricio Pochettino To Real Madrid Speculation
Monday Night Football not only brought us an intriguing hard-fought game between incumbent Premier League holders Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but yet another chance to see respected Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher go tête-à-tête in their post-match analysis.
Spurs slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s Blues - thanks to Riyad Mahrez’ strike in just the sixth minute - which led to questions regarding the North London club’s progress under Mauricio Pochettino after several notable years of being seen as competing at the top whilst being without any discernible reward.
Liverpool legend Carra took aim at Spurs credentials and perceived lack of progression since they pushed Leicester City in a most remarkable campaign.
"It feels like we are still watching the Spurs of two years ago. It is not sustainable.”
Though their most vivid title challenge was that 2015/16 season, Spurs in fact finished third that season thanks to a final St. Totteringham’s Day, and in fact collected their record points tally (86) the following season in which London rivals Chelsea stormed to their fifth Premier League title.
This year, the club have been beset by problems regarding the move to the new Tottenham Stadium, which has also directly led to a lack of transfer dealings this summer.
Reinforcements have failed to be brought in, and a clear lack of depth in squad is apparent, particularly when exciting, formerly reliable players such as Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have been sidelined through injury.
The feeling therefore is that Spurs were outclassed by a far superior Manchester City to leave further doubts as to where Pochettino’s side are heading. This is combined with a dire Champions League campaign which sees the Lilywhites wallowing behind Barcelona and Internazionale in their group after collecting just a single point in three games. Joining Arsenal and Chelsea in the Europa League seems almost a certainty.
This ultimately made for a fantastic debate between Carra and Red Nev, which you can watch below.
‘Are we going to sit here for the next ten years and say the same thing about Tottenham, ‘well done for getting in the Champions League’?”
Carragher barked, highlighting a tangible feeling of hypocrisy after years of the same accusation being directed at Spurs’ fierce rivals Arsenal.
In his retort Neville highlighted that before the defeat to City, Spurs had in fact made their best ever start couldn’t resist having a pop at Carra’s former club Liverpool, reminding the Scouser that they haven’t won the title in nearly 30 years.
The debate then turned to the glaring elephant in the room, which is now to vacant position at the helm of Real Madrid following Julen Lopetegui's sacking. Pochettino remains the joint second favourite manager at 3/1 to join Los Blancos.