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Fernando Torres heaps praise on Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino

Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres looks dejected after the game

The Spanish striker is a big fan of the Argentine boss.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is gearing up for an International Champions Cup fixture with Tottenham Hotspur in Melbourne next week.

Torres, who is now back with boyhood club Atletico Madrid, will be likely to feature when the two teams face next Friday.

The Spanish striker has now been quoted by Fox Sports Australia has having this to say about Spurs from his time in the Premier League:

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino congratulates Dele Alli as he is substitutedTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino congratulates Dele Alli as he is substituted

“Tottenham is a great club, amazing fans, always when I was in England it was a`lways special to go to White Hart Lane and play against them.”

He went on to highlight just how highly he thinks of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino:

“Pochettino is doing a great job mixing his talented young players with more experienced players; last season they were very close to winning the Premier League. We know it is going to be a difficult test, this is the type of game we like to play.”

Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres looks dejected after the gameAtletico Madrid's Fernando Torres looks dejected after the game

Pochettino is also a big fan of Torres. In March 2013 the Argentine was quoted as having this to say about the Spaniard, as reported by the Daily Star:

“I have played against Torres many times and he scored some goals against me.

“I remember him being a quality player, full of strength and a player who knew which spaces to run into to create chances.

“Sometimes it happens where a player is comfortable and feels happy at a certain club as he was at Atletico and at Liverpool.

“But when you leave that club and join a new team maybe you do not feel as comfortable and as happy and that can affect your performances.”

Fernando Torres celebrates scoring for LiverpoolFernando Torres celebrates scoring for Liverpool

Clearly the two will be on good terms when they meet up next week then, as Torres continues to get his career back on track with Los Colchoneros.

His comments on the Tottenham boss once again show just how highly Pochettino is considered worldwide and why the North London club worked so hard to tie him down to a new contract this summer.

Hopefully his Spurs team can keep Torres and Atletico at bay next week.

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