Friday 24 November 2017

Guardiola: Pochettino is 'one of world's best'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has hailed Mauricio Pochettino as one of the best managers in the world ahead of Manchester City's Premier League trip to Tottenham tomorrow.

Guardiola is all too aware of the threat posed by the Argentinian, who masterminded a stunning win for Espanyol over his then-unbeaten Barcelona side at the Nou Camp in 2009.

Victory for Spurs this week would be somewhat less of a surprise but the City boss admitted his side face a major challenge against a team of whom he freely admits he is a major fan.

Guardiola said: "I don't think he (Pochettino) is one of the best managers in England - I think he is one of the best in the world.

"I enjoy watching Tottenham play now and since last year he has been doing an amazing job.

"The way they play, he is so aggressive and he has a lot of quality players and the basis of the national team in (Erik) Dier, (Dele) Alli and Harry Kane.

"If I was a fan or a young person wanting to become a coach, I would see Tottenham and say 'I really want to play that way'."

Guardiola added: "When he (Pochettino) arrived at Espanyol from his first game he was so aggressive and high-pressing and many more things, and the way Mauricio plays is quite similar.

"The difference now of course is the quality of the individual players - they are all so good." Guardiola reported no new injury concerns arising from his side's entertaining 3-3 Champions League draw with Celtic in Glasgow on Wednesday. Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany remain absent with hamstring and groin issues respectively, while Fabian Delph is also still out.

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