Mauricio Pochettino could eclipse legendary Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson if he steers the north London club to an unlikely Champions League win, claims former chairman Lord Alan Sugar.
Spurs completed another miraculous European comeback as they beat Ajax in Amsterdam to reach their first ever European Cup final.
Like Liverpool against Barcelona, Tottenham came back from 3-0 down to book their flights to Madrid, with Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick seeing them win on away goals.
It was a stunning late show from Pochettino’s men, with Brazilian ace Moura scoring his winning goal in the sixth minute of added time.
They now face their Premier League rivals in the final where, despite 24 points separating the two sides in the league table, anything can happen.
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And Lord Sugar believes Pochettino could be on the road to greatness at White Hart Lane if Tottenham achieve the unthinkable in Madrid.
Asked if lifting the trophy would put the Argentine up there with ‘Mr Tottenham’ Nicholson, who won eight major trophies in 16 years as Spurs manager, Sugar told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Obviously he’s got to be, hasn’t he.
“You’ve got to admire him.
“Bill Nic was the great and if Poch wins the Champions League he would have to go on and win the Premier League one day, and then I suppose he might overtake Bill. You never know.”
The former Spurs chairman still appeared in shock when speaking for Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist the morning after Moura’s heroics.
“What a game, it was unbelievable,” he added.
“The emotion from Mauricio yesterday was unbelievable. It goes to show you that big men cry.
“Two on the trot! First of all, hats off to Liverpool. I was watching that game thinking, ‘my God what determination, what courage’ and we’ve got to do the same.
“Surely that would have been inspiration for our lads, but then we go 2-0 down! But, the second half comes in and the rest is history. It was unbelievable.
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“It’s got to be a 50-year highlight for the club. We haven’t won anything of significance since the 60s.
“It’s come at a time when we’ve got this fantastic new stadium and when we’ve just started to worry a little bit after losing a few of our last games, but the manager and the team pulled the rabbit out of the hat.”