Mauricio Pochettino delivers his verdict on Amazon All or Nothing Tottenham Hotspur series


Mauricio Pochettino has delivered his verdict on the All or Nothing Tottenham Hotspur series in which he appears in the first episode.

The former Spurs boss appears in the first half of the opening episode, which briefly chronicles his final months at the club, including the Champions League final, before he was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

The Argentine has now admitted that he has only watched those opening 25 minutes of the show, which is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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“Me and Jesus, we only watched the first 25 minutes, until we left the club. We watched, and to be honest, it was correct. No more or no less,” Pochettino told The Independent’s Melissa Reddy in the first episode of her new podcast Between The Lines, which is available here.

“It was like ‘OK, we need to put that Jesus [Perez], Toni [Jiminez], Miguel ‘D’Agostino], Sebastiano [Pochettino] and Mauricio were there, but it’s nothing to do with the documentary’.

“Being honest, I think we feel responsible because it was very difficult to say yes to open the door to Amazon, who came to Tottenham at a very difficult moment for us.

“And, of course, I feel sorry for Jesus, because he spent time from 7am trying to help the Amazon people to make that all work with the players, with the staff, with everything. And to be honest, after 25 minutes watching, I think Jesus appeared one time with me. OK, five and a half years (at the club) and we’re only in the scenario for 25 minutes, trying to justify why we left the club.

“But I understand, because it’s a documentary that’s trying to put the club in a good place. The club is not going to open the door to Amazon to create a problem after the documentary.

“I think, it’s difficult to be natural, but I hope they will achieve what they wanted doing this, you know, I think it’s important to show the facilities of the club, the new stadium, the new training ground that we were so involved in helping Daniel [Levy] to design.

“I still love the fans, I still love the club, and of course, I have a different appreciation for Daniel and the people that work there and the players.

Jose [Mourinho] is a very good friend, I wish them all the best and that they can achieve some titles that Daniel can enjoy, and, of course, reflects all the effort that we were doing in the past to create the fantastic club that it is today.”

Pochettino explained further why he felt so bad for his assistant manager Jesus Perez.

“Jesus was like a superman. He spent two or three hours in the morning, two or three hours in the evening, across three, four, five months, trying to coordinate everything and it’s really tough for him,” he said.

“I know he’s not going to watch the documentary because it’s tough and it’s painful for him because he spent a lot of time and effort and of course, I can feel how he feels, you know.”

Pochettino is currently awaiting his new challenge in football, having left Tottenham in November 2019.

“Personally, I am enjoying this break a lot. I am not a person who is going to cry if I’m not going back (to football) in one or two months,” he explained.]

“The thing is, I have a life, like Jesus, that we can survive outside of football for a while. Maybe in one month or in two months or in six months, I will be desperate to be back to football, but today I think we have plenty of things to do.

“We are enjoying the break with the family. We know that football is so important for us, and it’s more than our passion, but never more important than your family, your friends.

“Of course, we love football, we love the game, we miss football and to be involved, but life has lots of things to do, and I don’t believe that it’s only football, or nothing.”

He added: “We are now in a new world, not only in life but in modern football, and now is a moment to wait, to be relaxed, to be calm, but at the same time, to be ready.

“We are still working and trying to be better and to be ready for the next step for us. I cannot say what we need, it’s all about who is going to call us and it’s not going to depend on whether it’s a club at the top, or in the middle, or down (at the bottom).

“I think it’s going to be that we find some challenge and some connection, of course, with the pressure, but with the people who are going to call.

“For us it has become unbelievably important to win, because we are in football to try to win, but at the same time to create some connection and to try to enjoy our job.”





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