Pochettino rules out one job, names two ‘dream’ ones

Matt Stead

Mauricio Pochettino has explained why managing Barcelona in the future is “impossible”.

Pochettino will lead Tottenham into battle against Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League. He insists his players are ready.

The Argentinean will hope to guide Spurs to their first European points of the season after last month’s setback against Inter Milan.

For Pochettino, the extra incentive is to beat a team he is programmed to hate after his time with Espanyol.

“It motivates me being a periquito and living so many years in Barcelona,” he told Marca.

“Going back to the city is always nice and playing against Barcelona, too. It is always motivating.”

Asked whether it is certain that he will never manage Barca, he replied: “It’s something that is more than understood.

“I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and to whom I have enormous respect, but my path and that of Barcelona are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible.”

But Pochettino does have two other jobs in mind.

“At a professional level, some day I’d like to be Argentina coach and also coach Newells Old Boys, where I started,” he said.

“They are two of the dreams I have, but for now, it’s to get to Tottenham as high as possible and always winning. That is my philosophy.”


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