Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has made claims that the English Premier League is unarguably the world’s best.
Pochettino’s statements came as a backdrop to Pep Guardiola‘s rants after his team, Manchester City, narrowly escaped with a 2-1 win against Burnley, who were awarded a “controversial” penalty.
The Tottenham coach warned his Premier League rival that there’s so much to learn, pointing out that the EPL is completely different to any other world football competitions.
Guardiola, who arrived City from Barcelona on 1 February 2016, is struggling with life as an EPL manager, and has made claims that “the FA has different rules”. His anger was aroused after a City player was red-carded in the match against Burnley.
Pochettino told a Spanish news outlet: “When you come to a different environment it is not easy, the Premier League is totally different.
“Until you are here, and you live in it, you do not realize what it is really like,” the 44-year-old added.
Pochettino, a former Argentina international footballer who played as a central defender, continued in his explanations: “Sometimes people underestimate the English league, they think that here everyone just plays long ball, that there is no quality, that every Wednesday the players have the day off. But those days are over.
“I have been in this country four years and never seen this,” he noted, having arrived England after managing a Spanish football club Espanyol (2009-2012) and Southampton (2013-2014).
Image shows Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino as managers in La Liga.
Though Pochettino suffered in his first experience as a Premier League manager, just like Guardiola, the Argentine says it takes humility and perseverance to make it in England.
Poch advised Guardiola: “If you come here and don’t have the humility to know that you must work, you can be disappointed.
“Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world and it is normal that he needs time to settle in and get across his ideas.”
Tottenham Hotspur, currently #3 in the league table, won their 4 January match against Chelsea, who remain league leaders with 49 points.