It will be Thomas Tuchel against Jose Mourinho tomorrow, was he a role model for you as a coach?
“I’m not so sure. First of all, I strongly believe that it’s Tottenham against Chelsea and not me against Jose.
“I’m very happy to compete with a strong team against his side. I’m very happy to arrive with a squad with our quality, with our mentality and with the atmosphere that we are in right now. This is the most important.
“Was he a role model? Honestly, when I started my career he was so far away: like the moon from the earth. So he could not be a role model at all. I was happy to work in the academy, then I was promoted to league football and from there I just enjoyed and focused on every day.
“He is one of the best managers in the world and has created a squad at Tottenham that’s very, very competitive, very, very strong. That will be the challenge for us.
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“Is it a clash of cultures? I don’t know. Jose is a winner and I want to implement the same in my teams. We are at the highest level to win games and we’ll try tomorrow to beat them in their stadium.”
How influential do you think Mauricio Pochettino was for Tottenham?
“He had a big, big impact in the development of that squad. It was a great experience personally for me to play with Dortmund at White Hart Lane, to have the chance to play them in European competition.
“We managed to win both those games, which was a big achievement and a pure joy to be there, because it was with spectators and it was an amazing atmosphere and a big challenge, and for us a big, big win.
“Of course, over the years, Mauricio Pochettino implemented a certain style and they had good runs also in the Champions League. They went far.
“From my point of view from the outside, with the new stadium they entered a new level of clubs and they are one of the biggest clubs in England and in…