Mauricio: "Fernando said 'gaffer, I made my debut against you!'"
07 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
That was all the way back in 2005 - when they were rivals in La Liga!
Mauricio explained: “Fernando told me a few days ago...he said ‘gaffer do you remember I made my debut against you?’ and I said ‘when I was manager?’ and he said ‘no, when you played’ and it was true!
“He even remembered the day - 12 January 2005!”
It was a 1-1 draw between striker Fernando’s Athletic Bilbao and defender Mauricio’s Espanyol in La Liga.
Asked if he remembered the encounter as well, Mauricio added: “Of course, I said to him straight away ‘you didn’t score against me!’”
Mauricio is delighted to see his former adversary at the Club.
Now 32, Fernando - pictured above in training with Juan Foyth - has seen it all, won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, 111 goals in 327 matches for Athletic Bilbao, two Serie A titles with Juventus, Champions League finalist 2015, Europa League winner with Sevilla in 2016 and his 15 goals helped Swansea stave off relegation last season.
“First of all he’s a great professional, a World champion with Spain, a great character - he’s the perfect fit for us,” added Mauricio.
- Won the World Cup with Spain in 2010
- 111 goals in 327 matches for Athletic Bilbao
- Two Serie A titles with Juventus, 2013-14 and 2014-15
- Champions League finalist 2015
- Europa League winner with Sevilla in 2016
- Scored 15 goals for Swansea last season