Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is “one of the best managers in the world.”

Chelsea boss Pochettino faces off with his former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate for the first time on the touchline when the Blues host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Pochettino was Speaking in his Friday’s press conference ahead of their first meeting as managers, as quoted by ESPN

He said: “[I have] amazing memories. When you connect with a person like him — we share the values and the passion of football — yes, I can tell you he is part of my family from day one he arrived in Paris.

“We arrived together, we spent time together with our families also. First of all in a few months in a hotel and then we live very close. It was an amazing, amazing history. He has not surprised me, what he is doing, because he was a coach already when he was 17, when I looked at him he was already a coach.

“Trust me, he was really, really good. The judgement, how he sees football, it has not surprised me he is great. He is still really young, improving day by day. He can be one of the greatest managers in the world.

“When you are a coach in Arsenal and you are showing what the team is showing, it is because he is one of the best. I don’t care if he is 30 years old, 40 years old, he is showing that is one of the best coaches in the world today.

“Of course, that is not only about being good tactically. Football knowledge is about how you manage people, how you manage the institute, how you deal with the media, how you deal with owners, how do you deal with the sporting directors? It is not only the capacity to be clever or smart in the way you prepare the games because I think in the end this is not the most important thing at the moment in this business. But of course, he is one of the best.”