By Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is embracing social messaging apps and video games to ensure that he remains in touch with his squad.
The Argentinian manager has been out of the playing side of the game for 11 years, having retired in 2006 after a 19-year-long career, the majority of which was spent at Spanish side Espanyol, where he also served as manager between 2009 to 2012, before coming to England with Southampton.
However, despite undoubtedly having experienced a different way of life as a player, he insists he is doing his utmost to be as approachable to his squad, including the surprise news that he is taking an interest in video game FIFA 18.
He does state though that he must ensure that such things do not take away from crucial elements on football, as he looks to evolve with the sport.
He told the Mirror: “The methods from 25 years ago no longer work. You’ve got to evolve at the same rate as society. You’ve got to take into account technology and social networks.
“If we don’t change, if we refuse to send messages using apps, if we don’t show an interest in games like FIFA (18), for example, if we don’t want to be around them, then yes, that becomes difficult.
“It’s also our responsibility to see that these youngsters do not get out of the habit of talking, interacting, exchanging, building relationships. Because, ultimately, this is what football is.
“Football, like society, is evolving. It’s obvious that nowadays you cannot impose the same discipline that you could in my time.”
Pochettino has been crucial in turning Tottenham from a mid-table side to title challengers, having been involved in the race for the Premier League trophy for two consecutive seasons.
They have started the current campaign well, although defeat to Manchester United on Saturday saw them slip to eight points behind table toppers Manchester City, with a clash against Real Madrid their next challenge.
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