Mauricio Pochettino has built up quite a reputation during his tenure in charge of Tottenham, as he’s taken the Lilywhites from perennial nearly-men in the hunt for Champions League football to a side capable of fighting for the Premier League title.
As such, his name has been linked with big clubs across Europe and the Argentine has been heavily linked with Barcelona this week, following Luis Enrique’s surprise announcement that he will leave the Catalan giants at the end of the season.
Whilst the lure of the La Liga leaders is great, Pochettino assured Spurs fans that he’s not thinking about speculation and remains focused to the task in hand. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with Everton, The Sun quotes him as saying:
“What I’m trying to explain is that I know very well the business, the football. Because when I was born, it’s true – my mum and my dad put not a bull, a BALL in my arms. It’s a metaphorical example to say that I understand football, the business. I understand that my name will be on a list.”
“I can only say that I am happy here. I understand the business and I can understand that my name is on some list, like if I go and there appears some list of managers who are at other clubs. It’s normal in football today. I saw, because it’s a big list! 100 names!”
“I just understand that we are in one of the biggest clubs in Europe, because for me Tottenham is one of the biggest clubs. You can see that we play very good football, we’re an exciting team, very good players so it’s normal that we’ve called the attention of the rest of the clubs, of football people around the world.”
“We are one of the exciting teams to watch but I don’t take it as flattering. Only that we are part of that business and our names always appear on the lists.”
Tottenham sit second in the Premier League table with 12 games to go and tackle Millwall in the FA Cup quarter-finals next weekend.