Mauricio Pochettino was absolutely thrilled after netting this free-kick in Tottenham training
He’s still got it.
Mauricio Pochettino is best known these days as Tottenham’s brilliant manager, but this pre-season training video is a great reminder that the 45-year-old was once an international player.
Pochettino represented Argentina at the 2002 World Cup, as well as playing for Espanyol and Paris St-Germain, and for those too young to remember the manager’s playing career, feast your eyes on this set piece during the club’s trip to the USA.
Note the celebration – it looks like this meant a lot.
Poch blows the whistle for himself before striking the ball low and hard into the bottom corner, before wheeling away in celebration – everybody’s very happy for him.
The free-kick was part of a game Pochettino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jiminez set up to test the goalies – Jiminez, who represented Spain as a goalkeeper, also has a pretty impressive right foot.
This is the kind of video that has fans wondering…
Can he play number 10 still?— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) July 26, 2017
Give him some time to get his fitness right and perhaps Pochettino could do 25 minutes in a League Cup fixture.