Pochettino compares Dembele with Maradona and Ronaldinho

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has compared Mousa Dembele with Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho, calling him “a genius of football”.

Spurs emerged unbeaten from a run of fixtures that included clashes with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus, with Dembele instrumental in those matches.

The former Fulham man has been key to his club’s fine form and his manager was full of praise for him ahead of Tottenham’s next Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

“I can talk about [Dembele] because I know very well him after nearly four years,” Pochettino told a pre-match news conference. “I have told you – and some people use my word to describe him – he is a genius of football.

“He is this type of player I put next to Ronaldinho, Maradona, [Jay-Jay] Okocha – players that I was lucky to play with. For me, he is one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football.”

“For him, it was always difficult to be fit – he’s always fighting for his fitness – but now he’s in an amazing moment and he deserves all the praise people are giving him

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