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Watch: Aged 44, Mauricio Pochettino can still take the most perfect free-kick

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After impressing at Southampton and nearly leading Tottenham to the Premier League title last season, Mauricio Pochettino is widely regarded as one of the brightest young managers in football right now.

But, before he took a seat in the dugout to instruct today's generation of stars, the 44-year-old wasn't a half bad player himself. After all, you don't get 20 caps for Argentina for nothing.

And, although he might have swapped his boots for a suit some six years ago, the Spurs manager clearly hasn't lost his touch. That's judging by a brilliant video starring Pochettino and the F2 Freestylers that includes some pretty spectacular finishes from the defender-turned-gaffer.

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Teaming up with Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch - two football freestylers who have worked with the likes of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Steven Gerrard on similar videos - Pochettino was supposed to be grading the two amateurs in a range of skills including; first touch, penalties, shooting, free kicks and conditioning.

However, whilst Wingrove and Lynch had more than their fair share of impressive strikes caught on camera for the 18-minute long video, it will be Pochettino's ability with the ball at his feet that most Premier League fans - and, in particular, those in north London - are keen to see.

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The full video is worth a watch, with Pochettino impressing with some sumptuous first touches and pinpoint long-range passes. But, in our humble opinion, it is the former Espanyol and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder's dead ball ability that is must watch.

That first free kick? Maybe he should be subbing himself on the next time Spurs get the ball in a dangerous area on the edge of the opposition's box.

He might have been known as a tough-tackling centre-back during his playing days, but clearly Pochettino knows where the back of the net is.

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With Spurs having failed to score more than once in a run of seven games without victory since beating Manchester City 2-0 back in early October, perhaps the Tottenham boss should be offering some of his wisdom to his first-team squad, rather than the F2 Freestyle team.

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