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Tottenham and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama sat down with CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies to discuss the fixture and Spurs’ continued push for the Premier League title.

Wanyama spoke on the relationship he has with Tottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino, and the effect he has had in turning the team into genuine title-challengers, “He’s a great manager. He’s like a father figure. He speaks to us not only about football, but also about life in general. We speak about everything; he wants to help you and make you a better man.

Whenever I feel like I want to talk to him or he feels like he wants to talk to you, he’s always available for us and makes you want to fight for him. And not only for him, but for each other, so we fight for our teammates, for the manager, for everyone at the club.”

Reflecting on his career and upbringing in Kenya, Wanyama told Davies who he supported growing up and who his childhood idol was. “When I was younger I used to play in the streets with my friends and also trying to watch the games on TV. I used to watch English football, the Premier League, and I loved it, I wanted to play in the Premier League so badly since I was young.

I was a Manchester United fan when I was growing up. I used to love the way they played and I liked some of their players so that was my team. I think Roy Keane is my idol, I used to love watching him play and he inspired me a lot,” he said.

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