QPR star Faurlin says new Spurs boss Pochettino has nothing to prove
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QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin says Tottenham’s new head coach Mauricio Pochettino has nothing to prove as a manager as the Argentine duo prepare to face off at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Pochettino left his role at Southampton to join Tottenham in May, and Faurlin says he is not surprised by the impact the Lilywhites boss has had since arriving in the Premier League from La Liga.
He said: “He is from my city. That area has created a lot of magnificent players.
“I’m from Rosario – Pochettino is from the same school as [Marcelo] Bielsa. All of these players look at him as a manager.
“He came here last year and nobody knew him and he had to prove himself, but how many millions did Southampton make on players? Last year they were magnificent.
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“He is a good manager – he has nothing to prove.”
Faurlin was a big fan of Pochettino when he was playing for Argentina, but not for his club team.
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He said: “As a player he was playing for the opposite team. I support Rosario Central – he played for Newell’s Old Boys so I didn’t look much.
“But everyone knows him. He was a great player, very clever, very intelligent – good on the ball.
“He has been in Spain with Espanol doing a perfect job and has been in Argentina. Let’s hope on Sunday he is not that good!”
Faurlin joined Rangers from Instituto in 2008, making him the longest-serving player in the QPR squad.
After overcoming two cruciate knee injuries, he is delighted to be back playing again.
He said: “It was a tough time and it was a long road – I’m glad to have got through it and I’m really enjoying my football.
“I think I have had five or six managers. I am very happy at QPR – it is nice for me
to experience so many differ-
ent managers who all considered me and respected me.
“I live in west London, I’ve been in west London for the last five years and I’m a homeboy. I think the people recognise that and they support me as I support them.”
Chile international Mauricio Isla is set to make his QPR debut against Spurs if his international clearance comes through in time, and Faurlin believes he is the ideal player to play the right wing-back role in Harry Redknapp’s favoured 3-5-2 formation.
He said: “He is a great addition to the squad. He has been playing his whole life in that system – he knows how to approach it.
“Obviously the manager has been looking for players who can play in this system.”
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