Mauricio Pochettino was the special guest on this week’s Monday Night Football and opened up on a range of topics, from highs and lows at Tottenham to what management plans are for the future.
Pochettino spent five-and-a-half years at Spurs, leading them to the Champions League final, League Cup final, and two FA Cup semi-finals, as well as four top-four finishes in the Premier League, before being dismissed in November 2019.
Here are some of the key topics the Argentinean coach discussed on the show…
Next job? ‘I am waiting to feel what is the right project’
[Will your next job be in the Premier League?] “I don’t know. I’m not going to close any door. I learnt when I was really, really young, [Pochettino’s former coach] Jorge Griffa would say, ‘Mauricio, football is going to dictate your way’. And I am waiting to feel what is the right project for us, which is the right way to take.
“Of course, we are living a very crazy situation, a crazy moment in our life that we never expected. And of course, all is completely different, not only football.
“My energy is full, I’d love to be involved in the game but at the same time I need to understand that at the moment is a good moment that you need to wait. You need to wait for the right project and for sure football is going to bring what football wants and we need to be open and to accept or not.
My energy is full, I’d love to be involved in the game but at the same time I need to understand that at the moment is a good moment that you need to wait.
“Now it’s the same game but different football. Without fans, we enjoy because we love football. We try to enjoy it, we try to lie to ourselves. But for the players it is so tough to play, for the coaching staff it is so difficult to work. I think for the owners, for the presidents, for the CEOs it’s so difficult to keep alive to try to protect all the employees and to try to make the industry keep going, because there’s a lot of people who need football to live.
“It’s a tough, tough moment. I don’t feel it is one year that I’m not working. Maybe because of the last seven, eight months. With no fans in the stadium, it’s like it’s not football. We are watching a similar game but it’s not the passion there, it’s not the emotion there, and that sometimes [consoles] you.
“If you feel the crowd shouting and the emotion, and you go to watch the…