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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hails ‘genius’ Mousa Dembele ahead of trip to Burnley

Date Posted,March 31, 2017

He has been a key player in Tottenham’s title challenge this season – and during Mauricio Pochettino’s time in north London.

His skill and close control has seen him feted at times by some of the biggest clubs in the country.

Pochettino now believes “genius” Mousa Dembele, would have gone on to become one of the finest players on the planet had the Belgian learned under him as a teenager.

The Spurs boss went further – rating Dembele alongside four footballing legends as “one of the best he has ever worked with.”

Recent stats have placed the former Fulham star among ahead of his counterparts in the Premier league.

Pochettino takes his side to Burnley on Saturday (Photo: Ian Walton)
Mousa Dembele attempts to block Ross Barkley
Dembele has impressed for Spurs this season (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

Pochettino, whose men go to Burnley today, agrees. He said: “I always say to him: ‘Mousa, in my book, you will be one of my genius players that I have been lucky to meet.’

“One was Maradona, another Ronaldinho, also Okocha and then De La Pena – he was a genius too.

“We’ve 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 at 18.”

Pochettino, no mean defender himself, played in the same team as Diego Maradona for Newell’s Old Boys in the 1993/94 season.

Ronaldinho played with Pochettino for two seasons at PSG before the Brazilian magician was snapped up by Barcelona.

Also in that PSG team during the 2001/2 campaign was the supremely gifted Jay Jay Okocha, widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time.

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