Ossie Ardiles used to thrill Tottenham fans with the ball at his feet – and now his words will stoke excitement at White Hart Lane after he chatted exclusively with Football Whispers TV.
The Argentine, who ran rings around the opposition for nearly ten years in north London, believes the current Spurs side possess the best starting line-up in the Premier League, as well as one of the top five managers in the world in Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs certainly made a statement against runaway leaders Chelsea last week, as Dele Alli’s double not only ended the Blues’ 13-game winning streak but vaulted them into third place.
Ardiles has remained closely connected with Tottenham over the years – he is a club ambassador – so is worth listening to when he says this side is one of the strongest he has seen.
“I believe if we don’t have any injuries, I don’t think there is any team in England whose first XI is better than Spurs,” said Ardiles. “There are some other teams who are better in terms of squads – players on the bench, where we need a little bit more. But our top XI, for me, we have the best team.
“Hopefully the silverware is going to come very, very soon. I think Mauricio is absolutely wonderful – he is in the top five managers in the world.
“I don’t believe it’s possible for Tottenham to have a better manager, he works incredibly hard and it is incredible the amount of confidence he gives to all his players.”
Pochettino has yet to bolster his squad in the January transfer window, but according to the Football Whispers index, there are a couple of names in particular to keep an eye on.
As of Wednesday, Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan’s potential move to White Hart Lane was rated at a promising 3.5, while whispers surrounding Sebastian Driussi, the River Plate striker, are gathering pace at 2.9.
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Spurs will be focusing just as hard on keeping the nucleus of players they already have, however, and Ardiles warns that Real Madrid and Barcelona will likely test their resolve over Alli before long.
Alli, who is just 20, has scored an incredible seven goals in five games – but Ardiles says the England international should not think about playing anywhere but White Hart Lane.
“Everyone wants him, and if I was the manager of Real Madrid and Barcelona, I would want him. He is a wonderful player and very young,” added Ardiles.
“If we win [trophies] it will be a lot easier to keep everybody, but if we don’t there’s no reason why not. We can wait another year and all these players have long contracts as well, so hopefully they will stay with us.”