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Zidane would succeed in the EPL, says Pochettino

2017-11-01 13:53
Zinedine Zidane (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has no doubt that his Real Madrid counterpart Zinedine Zidane would be a success in the Premier League.

The Argentine boss is busy preparing his Spurs side to face the Champions League holders in a Group H match at Wembley on Wednesday.

Pochettino, who is edging closer and closer a first-placed finish in the English top-flight after guiding the north London side to third place in 2016 and second in 2017, is confident his French counterpart would do well.

In his short time as a head coach, Zidane has already won seven trophies, including a league title, and two successive European titles, in the past two seasons.

Ahead of this week's match though, Real dropped eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after losing 2-1 to Girona.

But Pochettino sees no reason why Zidane could not succeed in England.

He said: "Yeah, I think so, why not? It's normal when you look at someone like Zinedine Zidane and what he's achieved that he is somebody that could have success in the UK," he told a news conference.

"I say that as regards to his capacity as a coach, his personality, what he's achieved at Real Madrid and above all FIFA last week elected him the best coach in the world. So why not?

"Ultimately, it's something that's up to him but obviously he has all the qualities to achieve a lot in England or anywhere else in the world."

Kick off is at 21:45.

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