Baggies boss Pulis on Mauricio, coaching and Chadli
14 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Tony Pulis has praised Mauricio Pochettino for the way he carries himself off the pitch as well as on the training ground ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies boss, who masterminded two 1-1 draws when we played them last season, has his side on a three-match unbeaten run heading into our latest clash at The Hawthorns.
Speaking to journalists at his pre-match press conference today (Friday, October 14), Pulis said he’s been impressed by the job Mauricio is doing at our club and confirmed he enjoys a good relationship with the former Argentina international away from the action.
“I’ve been involved in games against him at Southampton and at Tottenham and he’s a good man,” Pulis said. “He always comes in afterwards and I enjoy his company.
“He put his stamp on Southampton and he’s certainly put his stamp on Spurs now. You can watch his teams and they’re well coached. They’re fit, they run around but they’re well coached as well and I like to see that.
“They know what they’re doing in possession, they know what they’re doing out of possession, they play as a team and they work as a team. They work up and down the pitch exceptionally well and added to that, they’ve got some real talent.
“They played Manchester City (two weeks ago) and I thought it was an absolutely fantastic game, a great advert for Premier League football. It was a real good game to watch and it’s going to be tough tomorrow. Tottenham did fantastically well last year, they’ll have been disappointed that obviously they never got over the line but it will make them more determined this year. They’ve got a very good side, a young side and I’m absolutely convinced they’ll go close again.”
Pulis swooped to sign Nacer Chadli from us in the summer and the Belgian international has hit the ground running at The Hawthorns, rattling in three goals in his first four games in Albion colours.
“Nacer has done well,” the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace chief added. “We’ve been really, really pleased with him – not just the way he’s played but the way he’s mixed with the players as well. The players that we brought in during the window have all integrated very well, the spirit there is very good at the moment and we’ve got to try to maintain that with good results.”