Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino likened his side’s position in the Premier League title race to Fernando Alonso’s Formula One plight.
Despite injuries, no new signings and stadium delays, Spurs still find themselves in contention at the top of the league.
They could go second – just four points behind leaders Liverpool – if they win the lunchtime kick-off against Newcastle on Saturday.
Pochettino, a Formula One fan, used the example of Alonso facing Lewis Hamilton in a far superior car, to highlight the challenge his Spurs side face.
“When you work in football, it’s because you want to win,” Pochettino said. “When you are a player the only thing you want is to win.
“You can be a winner but if you don’t have the tools to win, it’s difficult. If you have the car to win and you are good, then you win.
“If you have the same car as another who is good, then one is going to win and the other is going to lose.
“Take the example of Fernando Alonso and compare with Hamilton. If you put Hamilton in McLaren last season and Alonso in Mercedes, it’s the same result: Hamilton at the bottom and Alonso at the top.
“I always put the same example. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the best drivers in Formula One.”
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[2/2, 5:20 PM] +1 (724) 431-5729: *Emery🔈: Guardiola is the Best Coach in the World❗*
Unai Emery believes there is no coach better than his long-time rival, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola and Emery first clashed in the 2008-09 season, with the latter leading Valencia after guiding Almeria to success in the Spanish top-flight while the former was in his first season overseeing Barcelona.
Emery’s side could only manage a point in their two meetings against Guardiola’s eventual league champions, and the current Arsenal boss remains winless in his career against his old rival.
This Sunday will see Emery’s Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium in hopes of finally breaking that streak, and looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat in London in August that started Emery’s tenure.
And ahead of that match, Emery admitted he doesn’t think there’s a better coach out there than Guardiola.
“I have analysed a lot of teams and coaches and I think it’s difficult to find one coach who is better than Guardiola,” Emery told reporters.
“His career is a very big career. We started together. He started with the Barcelona second team, I started with Lorca and Almeria [In Spain’s third and second tiers].
“I learned a lot looking at his team — it’s good to look at each other when we are coaches to learn different things between us. I think in his career he’s doing the best in all the coaches in the world.”