Video: Former striker claims Pochettino is not at the level of Klopp or Guardiola

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino is not at the same level as Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp as a manager.

Pochettino has guided Spurs to four successive top four finishes along with making it to the Champions League final without spending a single penny over two transfer windows.

Meanwhile, Guardiola and Klopp have spent millions of pounds improving their squad to win silverware.

While Bent admitted that Pochettino has done a fantastic job at Spurs, he stopped short of putting him in the same bracket with the Liverpool and Manchester City managers.

Bent, who played for the club between 2007-2009 made the comments while appearing as a guest on talkSPORT’s Drive show alongside Max Rushden.


While Pochettino has not yet won any silverware with Spurs, it is unfair to compare him to Klopp and Guardiola who have invested heavily in their sides over the past couple of years.

Hopefully, with the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele and one or two others, it could mean that Spurs are ready to compete with City and Liverpool for the title next season.

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  1. One of the sad unpleasant things that happens in football is when old down & out, used up football players set out tp try to get jobs as pundits and spew forth ridiculous opinions (which in turn get printed or quoted) . Who on God’s Green Earth would give a SGD what Darren Bent thinks about football managers who are so much more knowledgeable than he is ?

  2. Given that he (Daren Bent) never worked with either Pochettino, Klopp or Guardiola for that matter how would he actually know?

  3. I do not agree with Darren Bent’s negative comments about Mauricio Pochettino.He is a determined, hardworking and very knowledgeable manager, His track record is excellent. With the acquisitions that Spurs are now making, the team will reach a higher level and bring even more success.

  4. Cannot compare Pochettino with anybody, especially Klopp and Guardiola. The job Pochetino did at Spurs with no money in transfer windows is incredible. The other two had all the money and players they wanted, and the biggest problem they had was to keep their players happy even when they are not playing. Young players under Pochettino can have a future, not the same I can say about the other two. Pochettino is my man.


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