‘You can be a top manager and not win titles’: Pep Guardiola hails Mauricio Pochettino despite lack of trophies as Man City prepare for crunch Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain

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  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised Mauricio Pochettino
  • He is preparing to face Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain side on Wednesday
  • Pochettino missed out on the Ligue 1 title and Champions League last season
  • Guardiola though ‘says you can be a top manager and not win the title’
  • Pochettino currently heavily tied to Manchester United vacancy

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Pep Guardiola has described Mauricio Pochettino as an “excellent manager” ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.

Pochettino gets into the game with a lot of speculation about his future sportsmail previously revealed that he would be willing to leave the club for Manchester United.

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After failing to win a major trophy at Tottenham and missing out on the Champions League and Ligue 1 titles with PSG last season, questions have been raised about whether he can deliver the biggest trophies.

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League

Guardiola praised Pochettino as an excellent manager going into Wednesday's match

Guardiola praised Pochettino as an excellent manager going into Wednesday’s match

Ahead of Wednesday’s match at the Etihad, Guardiola said: ‘You can be a top manager and not win the title.

“The managers who have the chance to win the title are the top, the top clubs with the best investments and the exceptional players. Otherwise, it is impossible for managers to win.

‘This does not mean that there cannot be managers in the Championship or not in the top six of the Premier League, excellent managers in strategy, communication, leading. It is not necessary to win the title.

Pochettino missed out on the Ligue 1 title and Champions League with PSG last season

Pochettino missed out on the Ligue 1 title and Champions League with PSG last season

Guardiola and Pochettino have a lot of history in the Champions League, going back to Pochettino’s time at Tottenham.

Spurs dramatically defeated City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2019, going through with away goals after a 4-4 aggregate.

Tottenham would qualify for the final where they eventually lost 2–0 to Liverpool.

Since then, Pochettino’s only trophy to his name is the Coupe de France with PSG last season.

Pochettino's Tottenham side famously beat City in the Champions League in 2019

Pochettino’s Tottenham side famously beat City in the Champions League in 2019

City knocked out PSG last season but Lionel Messi scored a 2-0 win for the French side in September

City knocked out PSG last season but Lionel Messi scored a 2-0 win for the French side in September

Guardiola however admits that Pochettino is now a better manager than the one he will face in 2019.

He added: ‘I’m pretty sure the managers will be better. Every season we go through, you get to learn a lot and I am sure he is a great manager.

Manchester City in the game against PSG knowing that a win would send them into the knockout rounds as group winners.

Guardiola’s side are eager to avenge Mauricio Pochettino’s side after a 2-0 loss at the Parc des Princes in September.

The French giants won thanks to goals from Idrissa Guay and Lionel Messi – who scored for the first time since their summer exit from Barcelona.

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