A few days ago, Morrisio Pocetino visited White Hart Lane. The new stadium is not yet ready: as the Achilles and the turtle, the closer it is to the maturity date, the faster it gets mixed up in the future. It was originally expected to be completed in time for the start of the season, then in autumn and then in December, now they even say it could be February. But one way or another, she is close: close enough to feel real. And since Pocetino passes through the deserts, you feel it does not just check the changing facilities or count the USB charging points, but visualize: the imagination, the swallowing, trying to estimate the energy on the spot that will soon call home.
As always with Pocetino, it returns. Since he was a child, he believes in a vital invisible power called "universal energy": a kind of aura that governs the world and everyone and everything in it. People have energy, but also places, as well as moments and situations. "Decisions, personal relationships, and absolutely everything else are a matter of energy," he wrote in his book Brave New World. "From these early days, I had the opportunity to see something powerful that you do not see but exists." And as the only man in English football that 18 months ago saw the potential of Musa Sisoko, it might be worth listening to him.
While reading that Pochettino holds a lemon bowl in his Enfield office because he believes he is absorbing negative energy from the room, you might wonder if Tottenham's manager will benefit from such timely intervention that can save him from life translucent crystals, worship of the solstice and the sacrifice of a girl. Then again, when you've turned the most Premier League club into Champions League medals, it may be advisable not to scatter. Or, simpler: Perhaps it is possible that the Honor is on something here.
The question is this one. Among the English or even the European football elite, it is difficult to think of a club whose wealth is so inseparably linked to the whims and moods of a man. Pep Guardiola did not build the modern Manchester City; he's just the man in control. Lionel Messi just wants everyone to leave him alone so he can be really good at football. Even in Liverpool, the relationship between the fans and Giurgen Klop is best characterized as some sort of dwarf dialectic, a drunken reel, in which it is never clear what the divine is and who is the mediator.
In Spurs, on the other hand, there is no competition. Pochettino is one. It is the time. When he rays, everyone is watching. When it looks a little greener and weaker, his team plays gray, dark football, and fans are disintegrated and irritated. And the best thing about managing a "universal energy" club is that it costs just one penny. Decades later, the students of a new daring age of Tottenham will wonder how a whole club is basically redesigned based on one person who tells how great everyone is.
For the most part of this season, however, Spurs did not look great. The new stadium has become an extremely expensive Albatross. In the summer, no single player was signed until Tottenham's competitors became painful (well, everyone at that time was Fred). The World Cup has burned half of the coin in the coin. The traumas are bitten hard. Many of their best players have not looked closely in their best shape. A series of failures put them on the verge of eliminating the Champions League. For a manager who has built a career to clean up all the leftovers of negative energy, this is a task that occasionally looked beyond even the transcendental citrus forces of Pocetino.
On Saturday night Chelsea will be Wembley's newest visitor, where Tottenham is still an unfair canadian surfing. How contradictory Pochettino must feel when staring into the city, in the charming, tempting reception that is attributed to their smoking, the high-pressure auscatcher Maurizio Sari. Admired, adored and crowded with money, Sarry collects the main asset with which he has a new coach: he is not the old man. Just as important as the courage of his football vision is his freshness: the short sharp shock that season managers like Pochettino can watch only with nostalgia.
Back when Sarrie was in Napoli, Pochetino saw him as one of the world's leading coaches and his team as one of the most beautiful in the world. Now he is a direct rival, a slightly different approach is required. "This season again compete in the Europa League," he said dryly on Thursday. "This is totally different for Manchester City, United, Liverpool or us because we compete in the Champions League, of course, Chelsea has an amazing team, this summer they invested, signed quality players and added to the team. It is normal."
The shadow was fine, but unmistakable. And sometimes, when Tottenham tries to win a 1-0 win against a lower opposition or suffer an inevitable knockout victory in a club that might probably buy it several times, you wonder if Pochettino is ultimately not meant for one from these more conventional clubs: where billionaires buy wonderfully exciting footballers as a substitute for morality, where trophies are always flowing like champagne. The look of the club where you do not have to pretend to tease that you were happy with Eric Dier's performance this evening. When the tides do not rise and fall on the side of the bed you came out this morning where you do not have to be happy all the time when you do not have to swallow your deadly fear that your only good assailant will be hurt because you can just go out and buy another one.
But then listen to Pocetino to talk about your visit to the stadium this week and remember that he sees the world and the game a little different than the others. "We are so excited," he said. – We can not wait to move. My idea is to move as soon as possible. If we can move tomorrow, then tomorrow. But I know it's difficult. If not January, then February. I think it's so close. Yesterday I was there and was * so close *. "
If you want to find a positive aura, you can see it anywhere. Tottenham may have seemed tough for most of the season, but it is still their best start in the Premier League era. They are only 5 points out of lead. Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min are starting to find their feet again. Jan Vertongen returned from injury. Sissoko started playing as Graeme Souness. Eric Lamela is good again. And just a few miles away, the place of its former home rises a pile of rubble. You could probably offer a valid counterpoint to one of the above. But, as the Pocetino would have said, it is something about energy: you can not see it. Sometimes you just have to feel.
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