Mauricio Pochettino has a clever response when asked about a possible return to Tottenham Hotspur.
Pochettino returns to Tottenham. Chelsea and Tottenham will kick off the 11th round of the English Premier League (EPL) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, at 5:00 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Pochettino has been at the helm of Tottenham’s golden era. Pochettino arrived at Spurs in 2014 and led the team to a fifth-place finish in the league that season, and over the next four seasons, he turned Spurs into an EPL dark horse by keeping them in the top four of the league. The club has come close to winning trophies, including an EPL runner-up finish in 2016-2017 and a UEFA Champions League (UCL) runner-up finish in 2018-2019.
Pochettino returned to England this season to take charge of Chelsea. While Pochettino did manage to win trophies at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), he also exposed his limitations as a manager, namely his inability to handle stars. Chelsea seemed like a perfect fit for Pochettino, with its massive backing and promising resources without a star player.
So far, so good. Chelsea is currently in 13th place in the league after six days. Injuries to key players at the start of the season, coupled with tactical miscues, have led to a poor start. In October, Pochettino’s style of soccer seems to have settled in, but there are still improvements to be made, including a 0-2 loss to Brentford.
For Pochettino, he can’t help but reflect on his time at Tottenham. His attachment to the club is so strong that after stepping down as Spurs manager, he said, “I want to be in charge of Tottenham again before I die.” And seeing Spurs now competing for the league title under manager Enzi Postecoglou, with his signing Son Heung-min leading the line as captain, must have been a mixed bag.
Naturally, the local media asked Pochettino about a possible return to Tottenham. It was a difficult question that, if asked incorrectly, could have hurt both Chelsea and Tottenham’s feelings.
Pochettino didn’t fall into the trap with a clever answer. “I hope to stay at Chelsea until the day I die. I think 20 or 25 years,” he said, showing his affection for the club before adding, “In football, you never know. If I step down as manager and Tottenham want me at that time, why not,” he said, adding that he was open to a return to Spurs. 토토사이트
Pochettino also vowed to exceed his achievements at Tottenham when he takes over at Chelsea. “I hope we can reach the same level as we did at Tottenham,” Pochettino said. “I hope we can reach the same level as we did at Tottenham, because if we do, it means we are doing really well. Of course, one day we will be at the same level, but I’m not going to lie to you. It’s a tough situation,” Pochettino said, calling on his Chelsea players to rise to the occasion.