Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he would love to manage Real Madrid one day.
The Argentinean came up against the 10-time Champions League winners at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night when Spurs were defeated by Real 2-0 in the Audi Cup.
Pochettino had a successful spell in charge of Espanyol before leaving La Liga for the Premier League, where he spent time at Southampton before taking over at White Hart Lane.
Asked by reporters at his press conference after the game if he could envisage himself at the Santiago Bernabeu, he stated: “Real Madrid? Of course, one day, I’d like to manage Real Madrid, but I still have a lot of work ahead of me. They are the best team in the world.”
He went on to add: “I’m a big fan of Madrid, after Espanyol, they are one of the teams I like the most in Spain.”
The Spurs boss was then asked which Real player he would sign if he had an unlimited budget.
“I’d sign Sergio Ramos with my eyes closed. I have a soft spot for him because I was also a centre-back,” he commented.
Should Pochettino take over at Real in the future, he could link up with former Tottenham players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. Time will tell.
“I’d like to manage Real Madrid, but I still have a lot of work ahead of me.”
Totally deluded. Already in a job 10 levels higher than his ability, and with masses of work to get done before even starting to look like a head-coach with a clue.