Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was the subject of much speculation earlier this summer, as Zidane left his role as Real Madrid coach.
As reported by The Independent, Poch’s name was reportedly top of Real’s list, however the Tottenham boss decided to sign a new five year deal in North London, and Madrid were forced to look else where.
Despite becoming the first Premier League team ever to not sign a single new player in the summer transfer window, the re-signing of Pochettino as manager for the foreseeable future was just as key as a new star player.
Spurs have started the season strongly, despite a little wobble, and now sit a few points behind the leading pack in the Premier League.
However, with Barcelona coming up tomorrow night, Spurs fans will be worried as a number of key first team names are out injured.
Spurs will be sever underdogs against the Spanish giants on Wednesday, and newspaper Marca wanted to know if Pochettino would ever consider being on the other side of the coin.
On managing Barca, Pochettino told Marca: “It’s something that is more than understood. I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and to whom I have enormous respect, but my path and that of Barcelona are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible.”
On the chance of joining Real Madrid, Poch answered: “Those things happen in the world of football. Rumours, situations that appear when you least expect it. In short everything is experience for a young coach like me and that has ambition to reach the highest as a coach. Everything serves as motivation. This means that we are doing a good job and that we attract attention in the football world. We’ve earned respect and that’s good.
“I watch all kinds of football and of course I watch the Spanish League. I have dual citizenship. I follow Real Madrid and all the teams, it’s normal. You have to see and know everything that happens and, logically, I am informed. I enjoy football.”
And finally, the Spurs manager was asked which clubs he dreams of managing, and his ambitions for the future: “Do a great job with Tottenham and win some titles. We are happy to have been able to change the club culture and its way of working. At a professional level, some day I’d like to be Argentina coach and also coach Newells Old Boys, where I started. They are two of the dreams I have, but for now, it’s to get to Tottenham as high as possible and always winning. That is my philosophy.”
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