Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino gushes about his former club Espanyol

The Argentine was a popular figure as a player and manager at the Barcelona based outfit.

It is fair to say that Mauricio Pochettino has been a hit since heading to our shores. The Argentine manager may have taken a while to grasp the language but he has found the football remarkably more easier to comprehend.

He was a hit at Southampton and is now proving his doubters wrong at Tottenham Hotspur, but he still holds a torch for his former club.

Pochettino was manager at Catalan side Espanyol from 2009 until 2012. That came after two years at the club as a player from 2004 and a spell as a youth coach at the club.

Espanyol are having a good season, much like Tottenham, in the domestic cup. Tottenham may have been dumped out of the FA Cup by Leicester City but they have a date with Chelsea in the League Cup final later this month.

Espanyol are into the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey, where they will face Athletic Bilbao over two legs in February and March. With either Villarreal or Barcelona awaiting in the final, the Tottenham manager is pleased to see his tea doing so well.

He told radio station RAC1, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo:

"Espanyol are having a very good season. The team looks solid, believing in what it does and is in a very good position.

"I would love a Barça-Espanyol final.; first, because the Espanyol will, again, be in a final. The Pericos are very experienced, we are always suffering, and also a joy because we deserve it."

He already has a London derby final, now all he wants is a Barcelona one to make him happy. Well that, and a top four finish.

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