Diego Simeone has backed Mauricio Pochettino to continue to improve Tottenham Hotspur.
The Argentinian moulded the Lilywhites into Premier League title contenders last season before a four-game winless run to finish the 2015/16 campaign resulted in a third-place finish.
Tottenham finished with the second-best attacking record and the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League last season.
Pochettino has been linked with a number of players in the summer transfer window, although the Spurs manager has only signed Victor Wanyama in a £25m deal from Southampton and snapped up AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen thus far.
Simeone, who was Argentina team-mates with Pochettino, issued his back for the Tottenham manager ahead of Friday’s pre-season friendly between his Atletico Madrid side and the Lilywhites.
“We’ve known each other for a long time and have competed as coaches in Spain. His mind is fabulous,” Pochettino told Tele Madrid.
“Last season he developed a philosophy of the game onto his team. Hopefully that can continue to improve.”
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Pochettino was named as Tim Sherwood’s successor at White Hart Lane in May 2014 after the Argentinian opted to quit Southampton to take over the reins at Tottenham.
Tottenham finished 11 points behind Premier League champions Leicester City and a point behind their bitter north London rivals Arsenal in the table.
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