Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino completed six years in English football this week, after taking over as the manager of Southampton back in January 2013.
The Argentine’s stock has risen immeasurably since then as he guided Southampton to 7th place in the League before taking over at Spurs.
During his four-and-a-half seasons with Spurs, he has transformed the team from Champions League hopefuls to title contenders and the 46-year-old is far from done just yet.
Speaking about completing six years as a Premier League manager, Pochettino joked that although he had aged quite a bit during his time in the country, it is a dream come true for him to have such a long spell in English football.
As a part of the pre-match press conference ahead of Spurs’ game against Fulham, Pochettino told Football.London: “It’s like the ten-year challenge no? Today Jesus sent me a video and I looked so much younger when I arrived. It’s true how we’ve changed in six years. It was a lot.”
“In the same time I am so happy, of course for me it’s an amazing time that I have spent here in England. It was a dream come true to have the possibility today to be in front of you today and speak in English, a little bit. I never imagined that in my life to be here with that possibilty. For me it was an amazing time and of course I am so happy.”
The Argentine also thanked former club Southampton for taking a risk on him back in 2013. He added: “I want to say thank you first to Southampton Football Club and of course Nicola Cortese who made my dream a reality. Of course always grateful to the people in Southampton.”
“To trust in Mauricio Pochettino in that moment was so difficult. That is why I want to say thank you.”
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