Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is good enough to win a World Cup.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss has heaped praise on his compatriot in the past, suggesting that he is “one of the best managers in the world.”

And now the 48-year-old has doubled down on his claims by arguing that Bielsa is talented enough to lift the biggest prize in world football.

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Speaking to Pasion Celeste – a local radio station in his hometown of Murphy – on Instagram, Pochettino said: “Bielsa was an inspiration.

“He made us [players who played under him] love football, motivated us to be able to follow this path as coaches. It was that, an inspiration for many of us who were led by him.

“What happens is that we live in a success-oriented society where winning for many people is almost the only thing that matters. The processes and everything else are in the background. Bielsa’s main asset is having created something different from [World Cup winning Argentina coaches] [Carlos] Bilardo and [Cesar Luis] Menotti.

“To be a benchmark at that level you have to win a title like a World Cup. I have a special affection for him, and Marcelo could surely be a coach at that level, yes. Same ability and same talent.”

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This is a huge claim from Pochettino, but having been fortunate enough to witness Bielsa at work for the past two seasons, can we honestly dispute it?

The 64-year-old is a quiet genius who does things his own way, and has transformed Leeds as a result.

Pochettino isn’t the only top level name to have showered praise on Bielsa either.

Over the years, massive figures like Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola have singled out the Argentine for big praise, and his acclaim throughout the professional game is almost universal.

Given the right players and the right opportunity, we have no doubt that Bielsa could win a World Cup.

In other Leeds United news, Classic Leeds clash set for primetime showing on Monday night.

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