Champions League

Mauricio Pochettino Hails Pep Guardiola as the "World's Best Coach" Ahead of Champions League Clash

PSG's Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Pep Guardiola as the world's best coach
PSG's Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Pep Guardiola as the world's best coach / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Pep Guardiola as the "best coach in the world" as his side prepare to take on Manchester City in the semi-final of the Champions League.

The pair have previously come up against each other as players and managers in Barcelona for Espanyol and Barca, and as Premier League rivals while Pochettino was in charge at Tottenham. The Argentine was also in charge of Spurs as they knocked City out of the Champions League two years ago in the quarter-finals, and Pochettino admitted he was looking forward to coming up against the Spaniard yet again.

"For me, he is the best," said Pochettino, who replaced Thomas Tuchel as PSG boss midway through the season, said.

Pochettino added, "I admire him and think he is doing a fantastic job. He is an amazing coach, always thinking of different strategies and game-plans. I love to challenge him and the teams he prepared. Not only the best manager. The club is important, too. A club that trusts you to build a team and provides you with all the tools."

The former Tottenham manager also believes that his side have the belief and motivation needed to reach the finals of the Champions League for a second successive season. He concluded, "We now have the experience but we need to go step by step. Now, we have to beat Manchester City and it is going to be really, really tough."

The first leg of the semi-final will be played in Paris, with the return leg in Manchester on May 4.