Thierry Henry explains why Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic are similar

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Thierry Henry has compared Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic.

Thierry Henry has told The Sun that he thinks Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic are 'two of the most impressive managers' in the Premier League as they prepare to lock horns this afternoon.

Pochettino has earned plenty of plaudits over the last year, having helped kickstart the careers of a host of young English players such as Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane, as White Hart Lane continues to feed players up to the England squad.

After a promising campaign last term, Pochettino has now lost just once in the Premier League this season, with a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United all the way back on the opening day of the season in August.

Since then, Spurs are unbeaten, and they put that run on the table today as they take on London rivals West Ham United at home this afternoon.

The Hammers have had an impressive start themselves, with Slaven Bilic catching the eye upon his return to Upton Park, almost 20 years after leaving the club as a player.

The Croatian faces a tough task today against an in-form Spurs side, but the two teams are locked on 21 points in the Premier League table, and are both on the fringes of the top four.

Ahead of today's big Premier League clash, former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has told The Sun that he feels the two managers are similar - and has explained why.

"In one the most unpredictable seasons I have ever known, no team is harder to call than West Ham," said Henry. "Today at Spurs, we will see what they are really made of — in a clash between two of the most impressive new bosses around."

"Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic are both strong-minded men, who won’t back down from anyone. They demand high intensity in training and on the pitch, they always protect their players — but expect the very best in return. The most important quality both have is getting their clubs to believe they belong among the challengers at the top of the table," he added.

With both teams in the top six right now, there are feelings among supporters that this could be their most successful season in recent memory - and though many would back Spurs to be challenging at the top for longer than West Ham this season, both teams are certainly capable of achieving top six finishes this term, with much of that down to the work of the two managers; just as Henry said.

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