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There is a world of distinction between Mr Bean and a former Manchester United supervisor. There’s additionally solely a two letter distinction.

The comprehensible confusion from a person whose first language is not English was a spotlight of Mauricio Pochettino’s time with the media, looking forward to his first return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since being sacked.

Poch is a fan of Mr Bean – he is aware of precisely who (Mr Bean actor) Rowan Atkinson is. However, he has no thought who Ron Atkinson is!

So, a superb query provoked a superb giggle and, finally, an excellent reply. A truth amidst the frivolity.

“Mauricio”, he was requested. “Are you apprehensive about doing a Ron Atkinson? Are you apprehensive about sitting within the incorrect dugout while you get there [Monday night]?”

The reply provoked the form of laughs any comic can be proud of.

“Ah, sure. Mr Bean. Ron Atkinson is the actor. The actor of Mr Bean,” says Pochettino.

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Right here there was a pause in proceedings the place a smiling Poch joined within the laughter. Even the Chelsea press officer noticed the humorous aspect, earlier than gathering his ideas and serving to his supervisor out.

“He is a supervisor. A former supervisor – Aston Villa and Man Utd,” Pochettino was informed.

“Ah OK,” he replied. “A distinct phrase. I used to be pondering of the actor.”

All nice enjoyable.

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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino shares his pleasure to return to Tottenham Hotspur forward of their MNF conflict and displays on their ‘wonderful recollections’ they’d collectively.

However then, as soon as true id was established, and the rationale behind the query clarified, the revelation arrived.

For many who do not watch compilations of sports activities funniest moments, this is a little bit of background.

In January 1999, Nottingham Forest have been struggling within the Premier League, and appointed Ron Atkinson to attempt to save them.

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Ron Atkinson (center) was unable to stop Nottingham Forest from getting relegated

His first recreation in cost on the Metropolis Floor was in opposition to Arsenal within the League Cup. Because the cameras rolled and the photographers adopted him out of the tunnel, he waved on the followers, and sat down within the dugout. Milking the applause.

Hassle is – it was the incorrect dugout.

He solely realised he was in Arsene Wenger’s seat when he noticed Marc Overmars on the bench subsequent to him.

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Ron Atkinson sat in Arsene Wenger’s seat within the dugout!

Quick ahead virtually 1 / 4 of a century, and there’s NO threat of this occurring to Pochettino on Monday night time.

He is aware of higher than anybody which dugout is which. He designed it!

“I do know very effectively the place the away dugout is,” he says with full confidence.

“I do know very effectively, as a result of I made a decision the place it was! The house dugout and the away. I used to be there. I used to be with the architect. I stated to him, ‘on the best is house and away on the left’. I do know very effectively.”

‘I will not rejoice however wish to win even once I play my children’

Pochettino says he will not rejoice if Chelsea rating. That is as a result of it is not his model, and nothing to do with being in entrance of his former membership’s followers.

“Should you see me, I’m so quiet on the touchline,” he says. “Usually it’s tough for me to rejoice objectives, I’m extra targeted on the sport, I flip (to coaches) and say ‘what’s going on with this and that’. I wish to rejoice when it is completed. If you win the sport you rejoice.

“I wish to win. Once I play with my children I wish to beat them. Or my dad, or my brothers, or my pals!”

And that very same starvation for victory is the one cause he desires to win on Monday night time. He insists there are not any ideas of revenge for his sacking.

“I wish to win as a result of I’m aggressive. However I do not wish to go there and assume it is about revenge. Successful will not be particular as a result of we beat them. It is vital as a result of we want the factors.”

Not but in love with Chelsea

Pochttino was requested if he might ever love one other membership like he liked Spurs.

“It is tough to say that. Who is aware of what will occur tomorrow?”

Is he starting to fall in love with Chelsea?

“After 5 months? Come on. I can’t lie. I hope we are able to arrive on the identical stage that I used to be at Tottenham. However in the mean time it is a powerful state of affairs.”

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Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane have been each as soon as at Tottenham

Will he handle Tottenham once more?

“Who is aware of? For certain, if I am not working and so they need me, why not?”

Sonny makes me glad

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung-Min Son celebrates with team-mates after scoring a aim

Heung-Min Son was signed by Pochettino, and he is delighted to see him as Tottenham captain.

“He is an awesome skilled and an awesome participant. I’m so glad that he is captain,” says Pochettino.

“At all times when folks I really like are glad and doing effectively that will increase my happiness. I actually get pleasure from it when somebody who’s a part of my life is doing effectively.

“He has grown and grow to be extra mature. Spurs have been high of the desk so he is clearly doing a superb job as captain.”

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