Pochettino: “Real Madrid are the best team in the world”


Mauricio Pochettino spoke to Cadena Cope radio of the upcoming Champions League clash his Tottenham Hotspur side have with Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday. The game will, without doubt, be decisive in the race to qualify for the Round of 16, and probably for the top spot in a group in which Borussia Dortmund are also in the fight. 

“We are up against the best team in the world. It’s a game in which we have to be brave. It’ll be a test to see where we are right now. The way Madrid play in the Champions League is different from what they are like in La Liga. The Madrid we see in the domestic competition is not a reference for us. They change their look in the Champions League, because it is their priority”, said the Argentinian, who also had a few good words to say about Zidane. “What I like about Zidane is his calm approach and his common sense. He deals with the bench in the same way he used to handle situations on the pitch as a player.”

Asked about Argentina getting through to the World Cup, his initial reaction was to laugh about it: “I fell asleep watching Argentina. My kids woke me up, but I missed the first goal. Then I saw Messi’s.” Asked about the Barça star’s performance, he said “Messi felt he had a direct responsibility for giving Argentina the chance of playing in a World Cup.”

Pochettino spoke on several issues, such as the excellent form Harry Kane is in, saying “he is among the best forwards in the world”, and that “he shows impressive determination and is always looking to improve.” He also mentioned his sadness at the current situation Catalonia is in: “What’s happening is upsetting. It is very difficult to find a solution. The dialogue that was necessary should have taken place ten years ago.”