first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists there are no hard feeling towards former Espanyol boss Ernesto Valverde ahead of tonight’s gameThe Tottenham manager is preparing to go up against the man who ended his playing career at Espanyol.Valverde had deemed a 34-year-old Pochettino surplus to requirements upon his arrival at Espanyol in 2006.But revenge is not on the agenda for Pochettino ahead of tonight’s clash with Valverde’s Barcelona side.“That day it was difficult to understand his position, but I talked to him in pre-season, when we played Barcelona in Los Angeles, and I completely understand,” said Pochettino in a press conference.“He arrived at Espanyol at not a good time for me. I could not see it at the time – but I can now.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“In football, you are protected by this bubble and then, when somebody shows you the reality, it can surprise you.“These things show you that situations in life and in football change very quickly and, when one door closes, many others open.“I never wanted to be the victim and I am now going to face the coach who gave me the opportunity to become a coach.”Pochettino, who has since enjoyed successful managerial spells with both Southampton and Spurs in the Premier League, praised Valverde for his impact at Barcelona.Spurs will take on the Catalan giants at Wembley tonight at 21:00 (CEST).last_img