I’m still a good coach, despite not winning a trophy in England – Mauricio Pochettino insists

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Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has rejected the notion that a good football manager must win trophies, and insists that coaching is about being competitive and winning.

The Argentine’s reputation as a top football coach has often come under question due to his inability to win a trophy during his time with Southampton and Tottenham in England, but he believes there are factors his critics have failed to put into consideration.

“For me, that is not the way to judge a coaching staff,” said the 51-year-old.

“It’s about being competitive and winning, but there are too many factors that influence.

“I think [victory on Sunday] is not going to increase my popularity or the way the fans are going to see us.”

Reflecting on Jurgen Klopp’s managerial success, the Chelsea boss added: “Klopp was good before he arrived at Liverpool. Now he’s won the Champions League and the Premier League.

“The thing is to be in the right moment in the right club that trusts in you, with the tools and the responsibility to win.”

Mauricio Pochettino will definitely buy himself some goodwill if he wins a trophy in his first season as Chelsea manager.