Pep read­ies for Poch’s Spurs

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

MANCH­ESTER CITY’S boss Pep Guardi­ola has hailed his Tot­ten­ham coun­ter­part Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino as one of the best man­agers in the world ahead of his team’s Premier League trip to White Hart Lane to­mor­row.

“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,” said Guardi­ola of the man who led Es­panyol to a win over his then un­beaten Barcelona team at the Nou Camp in 2009.

“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 (Eric) 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.”

City, who are per­fect in the league-win­ning all of their six games to date, will be look­ing to get back to win­ning ways against sec­ond-place Tot­ten­ham af­ter a mid­week draw at Celtic in the Cham­pi­ons League.

They will have to do it with­out Kevin De Bruyne and Vin­cent Kom­pany, who are still ab­sent with ham­string and groin is­sues, re­spec­tively.

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