Pocchetino primed for ‘biggest ever match’ with Guardiola’s City

first_imgOn the face of it Pochettino and his weary players — many who had long World Cup campaigns and returned to a club that made no signings to bolster the squad — face a mammoth task to rescue another season that threatens, after much promise, to end without a trophy.Spurs fans have got accustomed to it — just one trophy this century, the 2008 League Cup, is not reflective of a ‘big six’ club — and Pocchetino for all the positive headlines he has garnered needs a maiden trophy to gild that lily.In his defence the charismatic 47-year-old Argnetinian cut his teeth at Barcelona’s barely noisy neighbours Espanyol and then at Southampton, better known for being a breeding ground for players to move on to bigger clubs.As if Pochettino did not have enough pressure the board will be expecting that he also delivers Champions League football for next season — empty seats for a Europa League campaign is not what they were bargaining for when they financed their new state-of-the-art stadium.“Is it the biggest (match of my career)? Yes, as a coach yes,” said Pochettino.Pochettino has crossed swords with Guardiola — who despite all his domestic trophy success has not won the Champions League since 2011 — on many an occasion and the Argentine came off the better for once when the clubs last met at the old White Hart Lane.– ‘We are aggressive’ –Guardiola has also conceded a Spurs side he once branded as being over-reliant on Harry Kane is much more rounded with the likes of Dele Alli, Korean star Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen providing a threat comparable to the England captain.“They (City) know and he (Guardiola) knows that we’re brave playing football, we like to go forward and be aggressive, to be protagonists,” said Pochettino.“But the most important thing is that we are aggressive.”Spur’s attractive style of play has led to Pochettino being linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid.Tottenham Hotspur’s talented team has been accused of choking on the big occasions the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester CIty presents an opportunity to shed that tag © AFP / Ben STANSALLHowever, both vacancies have been filled — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unexpected success as interim manager at United earning him the full-time post and the surprise recall of Zinedine Zidane to Real closing off that alley — but a victory over City would restore some lustre to his reputation.Tottenham’s well-documented habit of closing down mentally when they get in sight of finals or indeed the title suggests the City game is also their biggest in terms of banishing their image as ‘chokers’.Being the club that denies City the quadruple — Guardiola even talks of a quintuple due to the lightly regarded Community Shield win at the outset of the season — would add extra cachet.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino concedes for him the biggest match of his managerial career is the Champions League quarter-final first leg match with Manchester City © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 9 – Mauricio Pochettino is preparing for “the biggest ever match” of his managerial career as his Tottenham Hotspur side bid to put a dent in Manchester City’s hopes of a trophy clean sweep.Pocchetino will hope Spurs can do what Liverpool did in their first leg Champions League quarter-final against Pep Guardiola-managed City last year and establish a commanding lead to take to Manchester.last_img read more


first_imgThe first victim of evil paedophile Michael Ferry has revealed how priest Fr Eugene Greene regularly called to see the caretaker at Donegal’s school of horrors.Fr Greene was jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of sexually abusing 26 boys in Donegal between 1962 and 1985.Now Michael Ferry’s first victim has revealed how he regularly saw Fr Greene call to Ard Scoil Mhuire in Gaoth Dobhair in the mid 1980s. The man, who asked not to be named, bravely gave evidence against Ferry in 2002.However Ferry only received a six month suspended sentence and was back abusing boys just weeks later at Colaiste Cholmcille in Gaoth Dobhair.Last night Ferry’s first victim gave sickening evidence of why he believes Ferry was part of a paedophile ring operating the West Donegal region.“I remember seeing Fr Eugene Greene going into Ferry’s room on a number of occasions at Ard Scoile Mhuire. “I was never abused by Greene but I have no doubt other boys were. We were all told to leave and to get out.“I have no question they were operating together and abusing boys. I just know they were. What other reason would Greene have had for being there?” he asked.The victim, who twice tried to take his own life after being abused by Ferry, revealed how his nightmare began when Ferry offered to teach him martial arts.They first met when the victim moved into the area from another county and joined the local Foroige Club which Ferry was involved in.“He was cool and I was fifteen and a little bit rebellious and wanted to get out of my house. “It was cool to hang around with him and he would offer us fags and a couple of quid. He never offered me drink.“He offered to teach me a bit of martial arts and the abuse first started when he got me down in a hold and I couldn’t move. That was the first time he put his hands down my trousers.“I have to say he never raped me but he did abuse me over two years. It could have been anything from 30 times upwards but I can’t remember now,” he said.The victim, who has now moved out of Donegal and lives in the south of the country, is happily married with children. He only heard about Ferry’s recent court case just a few days before it was due to take place.He spoke to the Gardai and got permission to go to Dublin to attend Ferry’s sentencing.However he admits he still feels guilty and partially blames himself for what happened to Derek Mulligan, the three other victims in the case and the many other victims he believes are across Donegal.“I shook hands with the lads and told them the worst of it was over now. I felt some kind of relief that Ferry was going to go to prison at last.“But I felt guilty that he hadn’t gone to prison for what he had done to me and that he was able to go on and abuse these lads.“That will live with me forever but I will learn to live with it and move on,” he said.The brave victim also appealed to anybody who thinks they have been abused to come forward and speak to the authorities.“I take my hat off to the lads and especially to Derek Mulligan who has come out. They have been so brave.“They have opened the gates for all the other victims out there to come out and release themselves from this thing that hangs over them.“If they are scared they should go and speak with Derek Mulligan and he will help them. They don’t have to come out publicly but they have to come out – just to help themselves move on and to get counseling.“This is only the beginning for them but it will get easier with time. It has for me,” he said.EndsSEX ABUSE SCANDAL: PAEDOPHILE VICTIM – ‘I SAW FR GREENE AT ARDSCOIL MHUIRE WITH MICHAEL FERRY’ was last modified: July 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more