Pre-match Champions League press conferences are usually love-fests. Most pre-match press conferences are, actually. It’s a chance for managers and players to talk about how great their opponents are and how much they admire their counterparts on the other side of the pitch.
“Pochettino is a very good coach, one of the greats. Tactically and technically we see his team play, his team changes line-up and system and you can see the hand of the coach behind the changes, one who knows his work,” he said on Tuesday at Wembley.
”You can see also from a psychological point of view he is really strong and that is an important quality.”
That’s nice to hear! Also true. Spalletti is the latest in a string of players, managers, and pundits who have praised Poch in the wake of Spurs’ 3-1 dismantling of Chelsea this past weekend. Spalletti admitted that he watched the Chelsea match as he scouted Spurs, but hinted that he thinks that, like in Milan, he can find a way to get a result at Wembley on Wednesday.
“We all saw the game. I am not really sure whether it was a complete rout really. I think if you are able to do things that upset them I think the game can go differently.”
With Spurs in a must-win situation and Milan only needing a draw to confirm progression out of the group, we’ll find out whether Pochettino can keep the positive momentum going.