Thursday, October 19
 

Mauricio Pochettino: "I have a weakness for Zinedine Zidane"

Mauricio Pochettino hails the success of Zinedine Zidane as both a player and manager ahead of next week's meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has confessed to being a big fan of Zinedine Zidane, but will put his admiration aside when taking on Real Madrid next week.

The reigning European champions play host to Spurs at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night in a Champions League clash between Group H's two perfect sides.

Madrid became the first team to retain the trophy in its current guise in June when beating Juventus 4-1 under the watch of Zidane, who also enjoyed success in the competition during his playing days.

Pochettino has a real respect for the Frenchman and acknowledges that it will be tough getting the better of Los Blancos when they face off, but he is targeting all three points in the Spanish capital.

"Madrid have been the best team in the world in the last few years," he told beIN Sports. "They've proved that and, honestly, I have a weakness for Zinedine Zidane, as a footballer and now.

"Of course, we'll try to use our weapons to play a good game and to win, because we're going there to win."

Zidane replaced Rafael Benitez at the Madrid helm in January 2016, winning seven major honours since then.

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