‘Really painful’ – Pochettino admits it was hard to watch Spurs games after sacking

Mauricio Pochettino
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Mauricio Pochettino has admitted it was ‘really painful’ to watch Tottenham matches following his sacking from the club in 2019.

It has been just over two years since Pochettino was dismissed from his post in North London – a tenure which lasted almost five-and-a-half years. 

The Argentine played a vital role in changing the outlook of Spurs and lifting the club up to where they could rub elbows with Europe’s elite, something that was not a regular occurrence before his arrival. 

However, in what can be described as his biggest achievement and downfall at Spurs, reaching the Champions League final in 2019 would prove to be a poisoned chalice for Pochettino, after the club became stuck in a rut following disappointment in Madrid. 

A poor run of form and the club languishing in 14th in the Premier League saw Pochettino sacked and ultimately replaced by Jose Mourinho, in what was a panicked effort to squeeze out a push for silverware with the remaining squad. 

Now at Paris Saint-Germain, the 49-year-old admitted watching Spurs games was difficult to do right after his dismissal, with the raw feelings of his departure from the club he made his home for so long ringing true inside him at the time. 

Speaking to The Guardian, Pochettino said: “In the beginning, it was really painful to watch Tottenham’s games, really painful. Because when you feel a club is like home, it is not easy to split from this feeling.”

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The moments right after Pochettino’s dismissal from Spurs must have been tough for him as it was obvious just how much he loved being at the club. You can tell that it holds a place in his heart, and we’ll likely see him back in the Spurs dugout at some point in the future. 

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