‘Very funny’ – Pochettino reveals how fans reacted to seeing him with ex-Arsenal man

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Mauricio Pochettino has now opened up on his meeting with Unai Emery after the pair were both sacked from their respective jobs at Spurs and Arsenal earlier this season.

Emery lost his job at Arsenal just a little over a week after Pochettino was let go by Spurs and swiftly replaced with Jose Mourinho.

The former Spurs boss revealed that he and the Spaniard met in a coffee shop in North London to share their experiences at the two Premier League giants.

The 48-year-old admitted that Spurs and Arsenal fans were quite surprised to see them together.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “Before the pandemic, me and Jesus Perez, met with Unai for a coffee, to talk and share our experiences.

“We were working in different clubs, we were at the enemy, and people were walking past and saying: ‘Unai and Pochettino and Jesús are now sharing a coffee!’ It was in Cockfosters [in north London]. It was very funny.”

The Argentine, who is still out of work, admitted that he has used the time off to analyse the job he did at Tottenham as well as to explore what he can change going forward.

He insisted that he and his team are ready for their next challenge. Pochettino added: “It has been an amazing time to review and analyse everything: training sessions, games, our methodology, our models of training, to design specific and collective works.

“And, of course, to try to adapt for the new normality, to be ready for any eventuality, because the demands are going to be completely different. We are looking forward for the next job.

“Football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears. We are ready. After six months, our tanks are completely full.”

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Pochettino certainly sounds like he is raring to go for his next job. While his time at Spurs was undeniably successful, he did make a few mistakes, not just tactically, but also in terms of his communication to the press. However, that was because the Argentine is still relatively inexperienced in managing at the top level. It sounds as if he has learned from his mistakes at Spurs which means that he will probably do even better at his next club, wherever that may be.

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