Pochettino reveals the bizarre rule he put in place when arriving at Spurs – and Daniel Levy was shocked

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed over four years with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm now, after the Argentine joined the club from Southampton in 2014.

He made a huge impression with the Saints the season before, finishing with an impressive top half finish after implanting his famous intense training sessions.

This was enough to earn him a shot at the Spurs job after the Lilywhites parted company with Tim Sherwood.

Since then, Spurs have come along leaps and bounds under Pochettino, finishing in the top three of the Premier League for the past three seasons.

They have also beaten the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Europe, while challenging for domestic honours too.

The only thing missing from the Spurs-Poch CV is a trophy.

However, Pochettino has now revealed a rather strange rule he put in place when first arriving at Spurs, a rule that left Daniel Levy a little perplexed.

Poch urged every player to go around and shake their teammates’ hands when arriving at the training ground each day.

He said (Inside the Mind on NBC Sports): “When we arrived here I think the most important is to feel the person when you see, talk and touch. The skin is so important that feeling.

“For us, it was a small thing that happened.

“I remember when we arrived here it wasn’t compulsory to shake hands, but we started to behave like this and we shake hands, every single person and player when we arrive to the dressing room and in the morning at breakfast.

“I remember one day in the first few weeks we were having a lunch with Daniel and every single player that arrived shook hands with the chairman.

“Daniel said to me, ‘Mauricio, is that compulsory? Is that a new rule?’ No, that’s respect.

“It’s to talk about respect and talk about to be close.

“That attachment and to create that feeling in between each other I think will help because football is a collective sport and when we need to fight each other to try and be successful together.

“I think that is a very good start when you arrive in the morning or when you say goodbye.”

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