Mauricio Pochettino open to managerial challenge in Italy

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has indicated that he would welcome the prospect of managing in the Serie A in the future. The Argentine has built up his reputation since making the move to the Premier League with Southampton in January 2013 and he is presently the head coach of Spurs.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Pochettino highlighted that he would fancy a challenge in the Serie A in the future, though he currently remains content with the task of leading Spurs to a maiden Premier League crown, he said: “My contract expires in four-and-a-half years – if [Spurs chairman Daniel] Levy does not fire me first. Seriously, today I see myself here. I dream of winning a trophy with Tottenham, maybe the Premier League in our new stadium. In the future to also manage the Argentine team is my desire. The important thing is to be happy and I am right now. Me in Serie A? I have Italian origins and it would be a wonderful experience.”

Pochettino has helped Spurs improve with their performances since he took over the reins four years ago and the north London club have finished in the top-four in three of the previous four campaigns. The Capital outfit have continued with the same vein of form during the ongoing season and a run of 10 wins from the opening 13 matches sees them placed third on the league standings.

Meanwhile, Spurs have not quite managed to replicate the form in the Champions League but they still have the opportunity of reaching the knockout phase. The Capital outfit are currently three points behind second-placed Inter Milan on the standings but they could potentially leapfrog them in midweek with a victory without conceding on Wednesday night. Spurs may still have to beat Barcelona in the final group stage game to progress into the round of 16.