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Mauricio relishing clash with former club on US tour

Posted on 20 July 2017  - 06:20

Saturday night sees us take part in the opening game of our US tour – and it’s set to be a sentimental moment for Mauricio Pochettino.

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Having carried out all our pre-season work on the training ground thus far, the team will step out in public for the first time this summer at the Camping World Stadium, commonly known as the Citrus Bowl, in Orlando, Florida for an International Champions Cup clash.

Our opponents? None other than Coupe de France holders and the club at which Mauricio spent three happy years as a player, Paris Saint-Germain.

A no-nonsense defender, Mauricio played 83 games for the Ligue 1 side between early 2001 and late 2003, scoring five goals in the process.

Now, he’s looking forward to managing against them for the first time.

“It will be special, my first time as a manager to play against them,” said Mauricio. “I have good memories from PSG and we will try to enjoy it because it will be a game to enjoy.

“Of course, it will be tough too because they have a very good team but it’s pre-season and we are not looking at the result, we are looking at our performance – that is most important.”

Kick-off on Saturday night will be at 8pm local time (1am Sunday in the UK).

After that match we move on to face AS Roma in New Jersey on Tuesday 25 July, followed by Manchester City in Nashville on Saturday 29 July.

All three are matches Mauricio believes will help us to get into the best possible shape to start the new Premier League season next month.

“I think it's exciting to travel to America, to join our fans there and play three very tough games against Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Manchester City,” he said. “In the end it’s pre-season but it can help us to develop and try to arrive fit to start the season.”