Hazard has a special message for the Spurs fanbase ahead of Pochettino return

Hazard sends a heartfelt message to the Spurs fanbase on behalf of Pochettino

Micky Hazard hopes Tottenham fans offer Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino a warm welcome back on Monday.

Pochettino returns to Spurs for the first time since his sacking four years ago.

Hazard tread the same path in 1985 – and scored twice for Chelsea upon his return in a 3-1 win!

“When I went back, I would like to think I got applause and cheers because the fans respected the job I did for them,” 1984 UEFA Cup winner Hazard told the PA news agency.

“They also respected I had a job to do because I was at another club and it was no slur on Spurs that I scored two goals. And it almost felt like it was two own goals because Spurs is my team.

“When Pochettino comes back and while the rivalry is that much greater nowadays, I think it is important as a fanbase we rise above it.

“We can show dignity and class by welcoming him back – not giving him a guard of honour as Ange (Postecoglou) says but when his name is read out, to give him a round of applause as acknowledgement and recognition of what he achieved.

“Then we go out and try to win the game and Poch is the enemy then, but ultimately we have to respect the job he did. I for one will certainly give him a round of applause when his name is read out.”

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