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 concept who Ron Atkinson is!
So, a great query provoked a great giggle and, finally, an excellent reply. A truth amidst the frivolity.
“Mauricio”, he was requested. “Are you fearful about doing a Ron Atkinson? Are you fearful about sitting within the incorrect dugout if you get there [Monday night]?”
The reply provoked the type of laughs any comic can be proud of.
“Ah, sure. Mr Bean. Ron Atkinson is the actor. The actor of Mr Bean,” says Pochettino.
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 advised.
“Ah OK,” he replied. “A unique phrase. I used to be considering of the actor.”
All nice enjoyable.
However then, as soon as true identification 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.
His first recreation in cost on the Metropolis Floor was towards 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.
Quick ahead virtually 1 / 4 of a century, and there may be NO threat of this taking place to Pochettino on Monday night time.
He is aware of higher than anybody which dugout is which. He designed it!
“I do know very properly the place the away dugout is,” he says with full confidence.
“I do know very properly, 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 correct is dwelling and away on the left’. I do know very properly.”
‘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 troublesome for me to rejoice targets, I’m extra centered on the sport, I flip (to coaches) and say ‘what’s going on with this and that’. I prefer to rejoice when it is completed. While you win the sport you rejoice.
“I wish to win. After I play with my children I wish to beat them. Or my dad, or my brothers, or my associates!”
And that very same starvation for victory is the one motive he needs to win on Monday night time. He insists there aren’t 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. Profitable 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 troublesome 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 will arrive on the identical stage that I used to be at Tottenham. However in the mean time it is a robust scenario.”
Will he handle Tottenham once more?
“Who is aware of? For certain, if I am not working they usually need me, why not?”
Sonny makes me completely happy
Heung-Min Son was signed by Pochettino, and he is delighted to see him as Tottenham captain.
“He is a fantastic skilled and a fantastic participant. I’m so completely happy that he is captain,” says Pochettino.
“All the time when individuals I really like are completely happy and doing properly that will increase my happiness. I actually get pleasure from it when somebody who’s a part of my life is doing properly.
“He has grown and turn out to be extra mature. Spurs have been high of the desk so he is clearly doing a great job as captain.”