Six games in and there have been contrasting starts to life for Ange Postecoglou and Mauricio Pochettino at their respective new sides in the Premier League. Both appointed earlier this summer in a bid to overturn the fortunes of two of the most underwhelming and chaotic teams from last season, the clubs have now gone in markedly different directions.
Whilst Tottenham are loving life under their new Australian hero in charge, Chelsea fans have continued to express their anger towards the club, booing the former Spurs boss during the past three matches. It has seen Postecoglou remain unbeaten in the league with four wins from his opening two months of competitive action. Pochettino has only won one.
Sitting in fourth,Spurs are already nine points ahead of their London rivals and have scored three times as many goals despite conceding one more. Chelsea, on the other hand, are still struggling in the bottom half and have seen Tottenham's free-flowing attack bag nine times since the Blues were last on the scoresheet.
Few would have predicted such opposing fortunes for the two managers just four months ago, especially with many Spurs fans showing their frustration that Pochettino would join a fierce London rival after years of success at the helm for them. Now though there is no such bother.
Postecoglou is one of the most popular characters in world football and is making new fans each day. Pochettino is already fielding immense criticism in the media with some shouts for him to be sacked after failing to get the most out of an expensively assembled group of players.
Ian Wright, speaking alongside his fellow pundits Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane, has picked out the performance of Postecoglou as evidence of whyRead on football.london