Spurs ace ‘one of the unbelievable talents in football history’, says Pochettino

2018-02-23 15:45:44

Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Tottenham midfielder as ‘one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football’.

The Belgium international has been in fine form for Spurs in recent weeks and bowled over fans, pundits and the press with two commanding displays against Arsenal and Juventus .

Last year, Pochettino named Dembele among the five best players he had even seen on a football field.

And the Spurs boss was quick to point out he was right all along, following the renewed praise of the 30-year-old.

"I told you he was a genius,” the Spurs boss said on Friday.

"I put him next to Ronaldinho , Maradona, Okocha… players I've been lucky enough to play with.

"For me he's one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football".

Pochettino has been outspoken of his praise for Dembele ever since he arrived at Tottenham from Fulham in 2012.

It was said the then-Fulham boss Martin Jol was gutted to lose the Belgian star to his former club, and while he didn’t make a huge impact in his first season at Spurs, starting just ten Premier League games due to injury, he soon became one of their most important players.

Pochettino even joked that Tottenham 'do not exist' without Dembele and his controlling influence in the middle of the field.

And in March 2017, he said Dembele was up there with the most talented players he has witnessed during his career as a player and coach.

"I always say, 'Mousa, in my book, you will be one of my genius players that I have been lucky to meet,'" said the Tottenham boss.

"One was Maradona, then Ronaldinho, Okocha and De La Pena.”

Pochettino is a former roommate of Argentina legend Diego Maradona, while he played alongside Ronaldinho and Jay-Jay Okocha at Paris Saint-Germain and coached former Barcelona midfielder Ivan de la Pena at Espanyol .

“He is a genius too, Moussa Dembele,” he continued.

“We always told him, 'If we had taken you at eighteen or nineteen years old, you would have become one of the best players in the world.'

“I would have loved to have taken him on at 18."

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