Pep Guardiola one of greatest managers of all time, says Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo

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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insisted Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time.

The Portuguese believes Manchester City manager Guardiola has helped change the game.

Wolves go to the Etihad Stadium on Monday with City having scored 16 goals in their last two games, in cup clashes with Rotherham and Burton.

Guardiola won his seventh title in a third different country as a manager with City last year and Nuno feels the former Spain midfielder is one of the best.

He said: “Yes, no doubt, but how far back do you go? Rinus Michels? (Arrigo) Sacchi? There are a lot.

“When someone brings something new to the game – because everybody knows the game – I think we as managers must develop our ideas to help and develop the game.

“Pep is in that small circle of persons. He’s changed his game. By doing that, he was able to change some mentalities of others, whether it be Tiki-taka or whatever.”

Praise for Pep: Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all timke, according to Wolves boss Santo.

Praise for Pep: Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time, according to Wolves boss Santo.

Both managers have complimented each other this season having drawn 1-1 in August at Molineux.

Wolves are ninth in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s fixtures with City four points behind leaders Liverpool.

And Nuno has nothing but admiration for Guardiola, who won three titles in charge of Barcelona and three in Germany with Bayern Munich.

“He is fantastic He has achieved so many things. His idea of the game is amazing, we all admire that,” said Nuno, whose side knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup on Monday.

“Each manager has his own idea, but (there are) no doubts about it, that we respect each other very much.

“If we can look and see good things that we can use to our advantage, we’ll do so.”

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FPL tips: Salah, Kane and Co not must-haves in season full of value

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Recent weeks have seen Fantasy Premier League managers scrambling around to bring Mohamed Salah into their squads.

The Liverpool star is currently valued at 13.3m so fitting him into a tight FPL budget is a tall order but given his recent form – four double-figure hauls in the last six gameweeks – he’s forcing managers into ripping their teams apart to accommodate him.

However, this season has not been short of FPL options providing substantial value. And managers considering open-heart surgery on their squads to bring in the likes of Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling would do well to remember that.

All over the pitch, there is value for money available. For every premium asset, there is a more than useful budget option.

GOALKEEPERS

After winning the Golden Glove last season, David De Gea was naturally the most expensive goalkeeper in FPL this term. However, at 6m, the Spaniard has kept just three clean sheets this campaign.

Neil Etheridge on the other hand, with an original price of 4.5m, has outscored De Gea in points 89 to 62. Despite being the custodian for relegation battlers Cardiff City, Etheridge has proved to be good value.

DEFENDERS

Marcos Alonso has already achieved legendary status in FPL and given his potential for attacking returns, 6.5m seemed fair for the left-back at the start of the season. Indeed, he is once more the highest-scoring defender, bagging 117 points so far.

Matt Doherty though is arguably been the better FPL asset. The Wolves defender has scored 89 points so far and was initially priced at 4.5m, a full 2m cheaper than his counterpart.

MIDFIELDERS

Salah is the reigning king of FPL and though he started this season slowly by his standards, he’s lived up to his original price of 13m lately. With 151 points, the Egyptian is the highest-scoring player in the game, but managers need to make big sacrifices to fit him in.

Alternatively, Ryan Fraser has proved to be the poor man’s Salah. Starting with a price tag of just 5.5m, the Bournemouth midfielder has raced to a tally of 109 so far this season.

FORWARDS

Harry Kane used to be the ultimate budget striker but ever since the season following his breakthrough campaign, he’s been among the most expensive in the game. At 12.5m, the England skipper hasn’t been a must-have this campaign but has still lived up to his billing with 130 points so far.

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Meanwhile, Callum Wilson, another Bournemouth asset, has notched up a tally of 105 points. With an initial price of 6m, the striker has fallen short of Kane’s tally by just 25 points while offering savings of a whopping 6.5m to invest elsewhere in the squad.

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Pochettino is centre of attention when Spurs welcome Man United

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Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for a masterclass from Harry Kane

A consequential meeting, that encompasses both the present and future, awaits when Tottenham welcome Manchester United on Sunday.

Spurs supremo Mauricio Pochettino is guaranteed to be the centre of attention when his, strongly rumoured, suitors come to the capital. This singular viewpoint, however, does disservice to both clubs.

Spurs are clinging on in the Premier League’s title race, plus come in after a tense midweek victory against Chelsea saw them close on a place in the EFL Cup final.

For United, interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has waltzed through his first five – albeit welcoming – fixtures. Now, after a training camp in Dubai, comes the acid test.

Here is Sport360’s preview ahead of the match at Wembley:

WOODWARD’S WEMBLEY HEADSCRATCHER

From the moment that United terminated Jose Mourinho’s fractious two-and-a-half-year reign on December 18, one name loomed large.

Pochettino was immediately made favourite for a, lavishly expensive, summer move to reinvigorate English football’s fallen giant. Common consensus since has stated that if – and it currently remains unknown – the coveted ex-Argentina centre-back wants to make the move, then the job is open to him after five supreme seasons in north London.

His ability to coax elite footballers out of the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen has merited attention. Plus, inspiring title bids on a shoe-string budget will impress any money conscious board of directors.

The best that the iconic Solskjaer could do on his secondment from Molde was to add lashings of entertainment and a re-injection of club values as a pained 2018/19 fizzed out.

Five wins from five matches, with 16 goals scored and only three conceded, have, however, seen momentum build behind the permanent hiring of the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’.

Win on Sunday and this noise will reach fever pitch.

This puts United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, in a predicament.

A fourth defeat in a row at Spurs – they went behind after 11 seconds a year ago – would put his club’s hopes of making the Champions League back on life support, but, supposedly, strengthens a push for Pochettino.

If this the case, though, why would he eschew a place at Europe’s top table – plus welcoming in Spurs’ grand new stadium – and head up to Manchester?

Are United really a better bet for ending his personal trophy drought?

Victory for United could, if results go their way, cut the gap to the top four to just three points. After Mourinho’s unforgivable retreat at Anfield, this deficit stood at 11.

Solskjaer has the United squad playing to its potential and smiling again. Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera are just three beneficiaries of his methods.

Pass this first true examination at Wembley and it becomes increasingly difficult to wave goodbye at season’s end.

Woodward has much to ponder.

HARRY KANE v VICTOR LINDELOF

The Premier League’s premier striker is set to meet one of the division’s most-improved centre-backs.

Kane’s controversial penalty in the 1-0 triumph against Chelsea extended his scoring run to six matches, from which he’s notched seven times. Remarkably for a predator who currently sits on 159 strikes in 242 Spurs matches, his header in August’s 3-0 win at Old Trafford was his first in nine attempts against United.

Lindelof will be the main bulwark against him hitting the goal trail, once again.

Memories of a suspect debut season have ebbed away after a solid World Cup 2018 and promising club season. His aesthetic style has added class to a suspect backline.

However, will this be enough against Kane? Using United’s average-per-game player statistics in the top flight for 2018/19, Lindelof is only joint-seventh for tackles made (1.5), joint-eighth for interceptions (0.9) and joint-seventh for fouls made (0.8).

MANAGER QUOTES

Pochettino – “I was there when he scored [Solskjaer in the 1998/99 Champions League final]. I was there with Toni Jimenez watching a fantastic game and how I shouted for a Manchester United goal was incredible.

“On Sunday we meet at Wembley, but 20 years ago I was shouting for a goal he scored.

“You cannot be focused on the rumours. Only to do our job in the best way.

“Manchester United will try to win. The motivation is going to be there.”

Solskjaer – “He [Pochettino] has done a very good job, he is one of the … he is … that speculation [about the United job] is there for a reason because he has done well but it’s not my job to rate managers, my focus is on me and my team.

“You always adapt to any opponent, they are one of the best in the league so we have to be aware of their strengths but I have been brought up … we need to attack teams.”

PREDICTION

United are on the crest of a wave and Spurs should be in great spirits after their mid-week semi-final, first-leg triumph.

There were signs of a slowdown, however, from the latter against Chelsea, who dominated the efforts count 17-6 and possession 58 per cent-42 per cent. The continued absences of anchormen Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, also, doesn’t help.

A refreshed United after their Dubai training camp should have enough to earn a valuable draw.

Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United

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