By Harvey Byrne
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he held talks with Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc after the clash between the south coast club and Tottenham last season.
The Argentine boss managed Boruc, 36, for a season-and-a-half when the two were at Southampton, where the Poland international was his No1 at the club.
Pochettino has explained that the two have maintained a good relationship after they both left the Saints and has said that they spoke about non-football matters after the two sides met in the last campaign.
“We had a nice time together at Southampton. He is very special and a great keeper,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“We have a very good relationship and after the games [last season] we hugged and we spoke, but not about football.
“That is because always after a game one of you is happy and one of you is sad. So always the talk is about the human relationships.
“All keepers are ‘special’ and he is no different. He is very emotional and he always found love and warmth for me. He’s a big guy.
“Was he easy to manage? No, but then big players and good players are always quite difficult to manage. You have to find a way.”
The experienced shot stopper is expected to start in goal for Eddie Howe’s side as the two meet at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday’s afternoon kick off.
Tottenham head into the encounter the only unbeaten side in the Premier League after eight fixtures and sit in third place, a point behind league leaders Manchester City and second-placed Arsenal.
They have drawn their last two fixtures in all competitions, including a 0-0 stalemate with Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in midweek.
By contrast, Bournemouth are in 11th in the Premier League table with 11 points from their opening eight matches.
In other Tottenham news, Erik Lamela has revealed that Manchester United’s Old Trafford is his favourite away ground.