Mauricio Pochettino joked about his lack of trophies at Tottenham Hotspur after winning Manager of the Year at the London Football Awards this week.
According to Sky Sports, the Spurs boss said: “Finally I got a trophy!”
As we reported on Thursday night, Pochettino pipped Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri, Charlton Athletic’s Lee Bowyer, Arsenal Ladies’ Joe Montemurro and Watford’s Javi Gracia to the manager award.
Meanwhile, Son Heung-min won the Player of the Year award, coming out on top of a shortlist containing Harry Kane, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and former Spurs winger Andros Townsend, now of Crystal Palace.
You can read what Son had to say upon collecting his award here.
On the back of consecutive Premier League defeats at Burnley and Chelsea, Pochettino could have easily adopted a sombre tone ahead of this weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal. Instead, the Argentinian was in fine comedic form as usual.
“Like some people joke before – finally I got a trophy!” Pochettino said (via Sky Sports).
“It is a great honour for me, of course.
“Always an award means a lot for everyone and I want to say thank you to the foundation and of course for these London awards.”
The focus now switches to Saturday, with Tottenham in need of all three points against Arsenal to avoid falling into a scrap for fourth place.