Mauricio Pochettino has compared managing Tottenham with being a Formula One racing driver in an inferior car.
Pochettino argues that Fernando Alonso may not a worse driver than world champion Lewis Hamilton; he just does not have the right car.
Alonso last won a Formula One world championship in 2006 and this year has complained about his McLaren-Honda not being able to compete with Hamilton.
Pochettino told Marca (thanks to Sport Witness for the translation) ahead of this week’s clash with Real Madrid: “Who is the best Formula 1 driver, the one who wins? The one with the best car? We talk about the complaints of Fernando Alonso and it is very difficult. Here the same thing happens.
“You have to measure everything under the circumstances of what each one has and also of the project in which you are and the club characteristics which you have. You cannot measure the same.
“Is Hamilton the best? Of course because he wins, but if we give Alonso the same car, would he also win?
“I don’t want to say things about another team, with other players… we live in a result society and the easy thing is to get on the car of the winner. There are many other coaches who do not win and for me they are successful.
“I don’t mean that Tottenham is one team or another. I mean you could measure the ability of the technical staff if you have 20 cars prepared with the same engine and the same tyres. Then we could measure the capabilities.
“In football it’s very complicated to judge. The circumstances in each club are different, the challenges are different. Success is measured differently. The best thing is to enjoy and we do it, winning and sometimes not.”