Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, the Blues’ manager Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to never coach Barcelona and Arsenal in his career.
Pochettino, who joined Chelsea during the summer transfer window, made his name as a manager first at RCD Espanyol in Spain.
Following his stint with Barça’s local rivals, the Argentine had stints with Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Paris Saint-Germain before he moved to Chelsea this year.
Given his history with Espanyol, where he also played before taking up management, Pochettino has always maintained that he would never consider taking up the Barcelona job.
And in a similar tone, having spent several years at Tottenham, the 51-year-old does not wish to manage Arsenal either.
“I always said that the only clubs I would never manage are Arsenal, because they are considered the worst enemy for Tottenham, and Barcelona, because of Espanyol,” he said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
It must be remembered that Pochettino’s name had been mentioned as a potential managerial candidate for Barcelona back in 2020 when Quique Setien was relieved of his duties.
However, it appears that, if there was a future opportunity that would arise, the Argentine would be uninterested in considering taking over the reins of the Catalan giants due to his loyalty towards Espanyol, who are currently in the Spanish second division.
As for Barcelona, they seem to be headed in the right direction under the tutelage of Xavi Hernandez, having won the La Liga title and the Spanish Super Cup last season.
The legendary former midfielder recently signed a contract extension with the Blaugrana as well, committing himself to the club until 2025.