Mauricio Pochettino’s love for Tottenham is well known, but some Chelsea fans were a little put out by recent comments.
The Blues go up against Spurs in a mouthwatering London derby on Monday night, live on talkSPORT that will see Pochettino return to north London as manager of his former side’s bitter rivals.
Pochettino spent five years managing Spurs and guided them to four successive top four Premier League finishes and the 2019 Champions League final.
But, when asked whether he could see himself managing Spurs again in the future, the 51-year-old simply replied: “Why not?”
He added: “Hopefully, I can stay here [at Chelsea] until I die, for 20/25 years but you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.
“I am 51 and thinking more about enjoying today, not looking too much into the future, but you never know.
“It’s a club for sure if I’m not working maybe and if they want me one day, why not?”
It was hardly Pochettino pitching for a new job and the coach will know all too well the life of a football manager can change in an instant, but a few fans let their feelings be known on Twitter.
One said: “Saying this the day before the game is just wow. If we lose it’s seriously hard to see how he survives until Christmas.”
Another added: “Bro said I’m Chelsea till I die but I’d go back to Spurs.”
A third wrote: “Saying all this before playing Spurs. We know you love Spurs but chill out.”
With a fourth commenting: “At this point he’s just trying to upset every fanbase in London.”
Pochettino is tasked with putting an end to Spurs’ stellar start to the new season.
Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou has made the best ever start by a Premier League manager across his first 10 matches, leading his side to eight wins and two draws, with 26 points on the board.
But a derby will be tricky. Tottenham ended an eight-game winless run against Chelsea in February, but have only won back-to-back Premier League matches against them once before, in April and November 2018.