Our UEFA Champions League draw against Juventus has taken Mauricio to Turin for the first time, home of his ancestors and birthplace of the ‘Pochettino’ name.
On Monday evening after training at the Allianz Stadium, Mauricio met the Mayor of the Municipality of Virle Piemonte, Mattia Robasto, members of the council and, for the first time, family from Virle Piemonte - Daniele, who is also Deputy Mayor, Pietro, Luca and Mauro Pochettino.
Mayor Robasto presented Mauricio with the parchment of official citizenship while in return, Mauricio presented the Mayor with a signed Spurs shirt and a signed copy of his book, ‘Brave New World’.
Mauricio explained: “When I was a child I always heard my dad and grandparents talking about a small town very close to Turin, Virle Piemonte. To have the possibility to come here and to play against Juventus in an amazing game in an amazing competition is fantastic. This is very special for me.”
Below - local police commissioner Candido Martino presents Mauricio with an aerial photograph of Virle Piemonte