Mauricio Pochettino explains why Real Madrid job links are good for Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino reckons it’s a positive for current club Tottenham that he is among the favourite to fill the vacant Real Madrid hot-seat.
Seeing their manager being mentioned in connection with one of THE jobs in world football shows Spurs’ players they are onto a good thing and persuades them to sign new contracts, he argues.
England midfielder Dele Alli signed a new six-year deal with the north Londoners this week, and said working with Pochettino was a major reason why he decided to put pen to paper.
And the Argentinean even rolled out a bizarre love triangle analogy at his Friday press conference to try to make his case.
Pochettino said: “It is like our girlfriend or wife. We are so handsome, and you are walking down Regent Street holding hands, and she is so proud about you because another woman is looking at you. Your wife, rather than be worried, is happy to be with you, in love with you.
“In the opposite way, if no-one looks at you, your wife says, ‘Maybe it is better with another guy!’
“The players are confident in me. Yes, of course. But it is not that they are attached to me only. It is about the club, it is about many things. If I believe Dele or a different player is only going to sign a contract because of me, it is a bad feeling, or I am wrong in my head.
“I think for me the most important is about wanting to play for Tottenham. You need to play for something that is bigger than a person. It is nice to hear the player say one of the reasons is the manager. I want to hear them say, ‘I want to play for Tottenham, to make history, to touch glory with this badge.’
“I feel proud the players care about me, but I repeat the responsibility is wanting to play for the glory of the club.”
Spurs fans feared the worst when the club spent no money in the summer but Pochettino is already making plans to strengthen in January.
He is weighing up a move for Mario Hermoso, a £20m-rated defender at Espanyol — the Spanish club Pochettino played for and later managed — with club scouts making several trips to watch the 23-year-old this season.
“We need to be careful how we manage January," said the Tottenham manager. "It is not a window where you can do many things and not affect the dynamic of the team and the group.
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“If you are doing well and you arrive in January, no-one is going to change too much. Are we going to have the possibility to fix problems or are we going to manage in the same way?”
Spurs face their third game in five days in Saturday’s 7.45pm kick-off at Wolves with midfielder Victor Wanyama the latest name added to their injury list with a knee problem.
Pochettino said: “At 7.30 on Saturday, I am usually sat on my sofa with my dog Sansa watching the Spanish league or France.
“It will be strange for my dog. Not for me — ‘Where is my dad?’ she is going to say. She is beautiful and I am in love with her. A Rhodesian Ridgeback. One year old.”
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