Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips shares what Tottenham star Harry Winks told him about Mauricio Pochettino
Kalvin Phillips has told GQ Magazine that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks thinks Mauricio Pochettino is exactly the same as Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa. England ace Phillips shared a conversation the duo had had, during a match between Leeds and Spurs earlier this month.
Phillips, 25, has broken into the England set-up after what has been a brilliant 12 months for the Leeds academy product. Shining in his first Premier League season, Phillips is also established as an England regular – playing more minutes than anyone in the World Cup campaign so far.
During this month’s 3-1 win over Spurs, Phillips was returning from an injury and came off the bench to help Leeds beat Tottenham. But during his time on the bench, he spoke to Winks – who was also left out of the starting XI. The duo spoke about the current Leeds boss, Bielsa.
Pochettino played under Bielsa at Newell’s Old Boys, bringing him into the youth set-up during the ex-Spurs gaffer’s early years. Then, he made him an Argentina international. The duo are very fond of eachother, and Phillips says Winks found comparisons between both.
Speaking to GQ Magazine in an interview published over the weekend, Phillips said: “I was speaking to Eric Dier and Harry Winks, because I was on the bench for our last game against Tottenham, and Harry was saying that [ex-Spurs manager] Pochettino is exactly the same.”
Could the two take to the dugout next season, as opposing managers?
It happened in La Liga. A young, up-and-coming Pochettino – in charge of Espanyol – saw his side shattered by Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao. But since then, both have gone on differing paths. Now, Pochettino could return to Tottenham and Bielsa is expected to sign a new deal with Leeds United.
That means, then, the two Argentine gaffers could take to the dugout twice over the next 12 months. An intriguing spectacle that would see a more-experienced Pochettino look to finally beat his master. Spurs will need to fight hard to lure him away from Paris Saint-Germain, though.
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