Diego Simeone has high praise for Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino and Simeone battle for Argentina

Tottenham Hotspur take on Atletico Madrid this week.

Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone wait to leave Sapporo on their team bus June 8, 2002.Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone wait to leave Sapporo on their team bus June 8, 2002.

Tottenham Hotspur take on Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup tomorrow, hoping to fare better than they did in the 2-1 loss to Juventus earlier in the week.

The game in Melbourne will also see two Argentinians going head-to-head in the dugouts.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and Atleti boss Diego Simeone have both carved out their own respective reputations as two of the best managers in European football.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Tottenham boss has certainly left an impression on ‘Cholo’.

He is quoted as having this to say about the Spurs supremo by Tele Madrid this week:

"We've known each other for a long time and have competed as coaches in Spain. His mind is fabulous.

“Last season he developed a philosophy of the game onto his team. Hopefully that can continue to improve."

Pochettino and Simeone battle for ArgentinaPochettino and Simeone battle for Argentina

Those are certainly kind words by Simeone regarding his countryman, with whom he was a member of the 2002 Argentina World Cup squad.

Pochettino has worked wonders at both Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur during his time in England and it is his excellent and burgeoning reputation that forced Spurs into handing him a new contract and job title in May of this year.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone looks dejected after the penalty shootoutAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone looks dejected after the penalty shootout

Simeone is an equally impressive manager and it will be a real test for Pochettino to try and get the better of Los Colchoneros tomorrow.

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