Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to have angered Real Madrid aiming a joke in their direction after it was suggested the Spanish club denied Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur the opportunity to sleep in their facilities while in out in Spain.
Comments made by the Argentinian haven’t gone down well will the Champions League holders and they Spanish club’s response categorically denies what Pochettino told, Spanish outlet COPE stating it is untrue.
He told COPE: “I asked Florentino to let us sleep in the sports centre, but he did not want to let us have the facilities.”
Pochettino had been heavily linked with the Spanish giants in the past before the club went on to reappoint Frenchman Zinedine Zidane and the 47-year-old appeared to use the links as a joke in light of the situation. It is thought that he suggested to the interviewer that his side wouldn’t be allowed access to the facilities overnight because only staff members have such privilege. Then using his past links, saying that if he joined the club as manager he would be allowed.
Needless to say, that his Real Madrid have not been too pleased with Pochettino and were quick to release a statement on the matter.
The statement read: “Real Madrid CF are surprised by the statement made by the coach of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino, about a supposed request made to our club for his team to stay in the residence at Real Madrid City on the occasion of the Champions League final.
“Real Madrid CF wants to make it clear that it is completely false that this request has been made. Our club has always shown its absolute availability to meet all the requests made by UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Club Atletico Madrid, Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur.
“All requests submitted to Real Madrid have referred solely and exclusively to the use of the training pitches at Real Madrid City and the changing rooms. And all of them have been granted by our club.
“Thus, Liverpool plan to train at our facilities on Saturday, June 1 in the morning. Tottenham, will do so on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31.
“Real Madrid CF also wants to emphasise that the accommodation for the finalist teams of the Champions League is assigned by UEFA following organisation and security criteria. At no time has our club received requests that these teams could be accommodated in the facilities at Real Madrid City.”
Strong words from the club who were obviously keen to knock any talk on the head before it spread further. Obviously when clubs do travel abroad it is often the case that fellow clubs in that country do tend to offer facilities such as for things like training. In terms of working relationships, it’s probably not the best way to go about things.
The drama links to the huge game eight days from now between Liverpool and Tottenham… The Champions League final.
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