She reunites with her son, the man she once loved, now an enemy. Pochettino is excited, but also concerned.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has spoken about what it’s like to face his ‘home team’ Tottenham for the first time in four years. Pochettino also praised Spurs’ current form since his departure, which has seen them go from strength to strength under manager Enze Postecoglou. At the same time, he was wary of “former pupil” Son Heung-min, who has been key to Spurs’ rise to the top of the table.
Chelsea will host Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, in the 11th round of the 2023-24 English Premier League on July 7 at 5:00 a.m. ET. The two clubs have shared a fierce rivalry in London in the past, but their status this season is vastly different.레모나토토 주소
While Chelsea sit in mid-table in 11th place with 12 points (W3 D4 L4), Spurs are unbeaten at the top of the table with eight wins, two draws and 26 points. It’s Spurs’ best start in years. Chelsea, on the other hand, have struggled as Pochettino’s arrival hasn’t really paid off.
New owner Todd Boeli has spent an astronomical amount of money and brought in a number of players since his arrival, but the club’s performances have left much to be desired. Pochettino, in particular, has come under intense pressure from Chelsea fans, with just five wins from his opening 12 games.
The irony of Pochettino’s situation is that he is facing Tottenham, the club where he spent the best part of his career as a manager.
“It’s very special to meet Tottenham,” Pochettino said. “It’s a very special feeling for me to see Tottenham for the first time in four years, where I made amazing memories,” he said. “When I left, it was a difficult situation. I’m looking forward to meeting the people who are still there and working and it’s going to be an exciting moment.”
He also picked Tottenham as the favorites to win the title. When asked, Pochettino agreed, “I think so,” before explaining that he is “doing a fantastic job with the coaching staff, including Postecoglou.” “It’s a very good team with very good players. I feel Tottenham can compete for the title,” Pochettino said.
Pochettino was also full of praise for his ‘old flame’ Son Heung-min, who has exploded for eight goals in 10 games this season and is joint second in the Premier League scoring charts.
Asked how he deals with Son, Pochettino said: “I don’t play as a center back. Our defenders have to stop him,” Pochettino joked.
“We all know he’s a fantastic player,” Pochettino continued. He’s one of the best players in the league. We know him very well and we hope it’s not a good day for him,” Pochettino said, adding that he hopes the reunited player doesn’t play against Chelsea.
Pochettino previously worked with Son during his time at Tottenham, when he joined from the German Bundesliga in the 2015-16 season.
So while Pochettino knows and loves Son and Tottenham, he is now in a position where he has to defeat them if he wants to prolong his managerial career.