Poch on texting Mourinho and United’s defensive tactics

Date published: Friday 27th October 2017 12:30

Mauricio Pochettino says he still enjoys a “very good” relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Pochettino questioned the Manchester United manager in comments published in Guillem Balague’s new book, Brave New World.

The Tottenham boss was unhappy with how Mourinho pursued a conversation with midfielder Eric Dier in the aftermath of their last meeting at Old Trafford in December.

Dier was being linked with a move to United at the time, and Pochettino felt that Mourinho speaking to the player would only unsettle him further.

But the Argentinean has stated that he and Mourinho still share a friendship as he attempts to overcome his final hurdle on Saturday.

“It was in the summer, you know very well what happened,” he replied when asked when he last spoke with Mourinho. “His dad passed away, and then for different circumstances I call him, but a few months ago.

“There has been only one situation in public,” he added, of questioning the Portuguese’s conduct over Dier. “I describe in the book what happened, I give my opinion.

“I am very grateful to him, for when I met him at Real Madrid. Nothing changed for one situation.

“It’s a thing that is in the past and I was honest in the book. My relationship with him is very good, we’re in contact.

“There’s nothing wrong, I only describe a situation that happened in the past. It’s not an issue.”

Mourinho deployed more defensive tactics when United faced Liverpool at Anfield earlier this month, earning a 0-0 draw.

Pochettino does not believe that the two games are comparable.

“It is so difficult to guess what is going to happen,” he said. “When they played Liverpool at Anfield, it is completely different to playing at Old Trafford against Tottenham.

“I don’t know, I cannot guess because it is very difficult to guess. We need to be focused and try to provide our team will the best tools to try and win the game.

“But of course Manchester United is a great team, a great squad. A lot of very good players and it’s always difficult to play in Old Trafford.”

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