Paris St Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino said his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world as they prepare to renew their rivalry in the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday.

The pair have locked horns before, both on the pitch and in the dugout, lining up against each other in their playing days for city rivals Barcelona and Espanyol before going on to manage their respective clubs.

They were also in opposition in the Premier League during Pochettino’s five years at Tottenham Hotspur. The Argentine took Spurs to the Champions League final two years ago, knocking Guardiola’s City out in the quarterfinals.

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“For me, he is the best,” Pochettino, who replaced Thomas Tuchel as PSG boss midway through the season, told British media.

“I admire him and think he is doing a fantastic job….

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