Tottenham are about to visit Arsenal in their first game after the international break, and a good part of Mauricio Pochettino’s Press conference ahead of this derby was spent talking about his ‘enemy’ but also ‘colleague’, Arsene Wenger.
In football history he’s one of the great managers, the same level as Ferguson. He will always be a special manager
the Spurs manager said, when Wenger’s name was first mentioned by a reporter.
To keep motivation more than three years is difficult. Five years, you must be very good, very good if you’re 10 years. When you talk about 20 years it’s amazing. Everyone who talks about him needs to show respect. Some days you’re good, some days not so good. But show respect
the Argentine repeated, before praising Wenger even more.
He was an innovator, ahead of everyone, like Ferguson. It’s difficult to innovate but you must try to create a project under your ideas and philosophies to take you ahead of other clubs. They were ahead. That’s why my respect and admiration is high
Pochettino said, adding
he is my enemy because he is Arsenal manager but he is my colleague too. What he is doing at Arsenal and as a manager – I would like to be like him one day; 20 years at Tottenham.