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Impossible for me to manage Barca – Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino managed Espanyol between 2009 and 2012

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested it would be “impossible” to ever manage Barcelona.

The 45-year-old ex-Espanyol boss met Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu last week as speculation increased that he might be in contention to take over from the departing Luis Enrique.

“I’m an Espanyol supporter – I think then I don’t need to speak too much,” the Argentine said, highlighting the rivalry with city neighbours Barcelona.

He also played 216 games for Espanyol.

Regarding the speculation, Pochettino told Thursday’s news conference: “It is like one day if [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy sacks me in a few years, it would be impossible to manage Arsenal.”

Reports say Spurs were aware of the Argentine’s meeting with the Barcelona president.

Barca assistant manager Juan Carlos Unzue is favourite with the bookmakers to take over from Enrique with Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde also thought to be in contention.

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