'Poch & Klopp would've been killed!'

Roberto Mancini claims Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp ‘would’ve already been killed’ in Italy.

Pochettino and Klopp have been praised for establishing Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool as two of England’s top-four sides in recent years, although neither Coach has yet to win a trophy with their respective clubs.

“We exaggerate things in Italy,” continued Mancini to Tutto Convocati, accusing his country of not being patient enough.

“Let’s take this example: Pochettino has been at Tottenham for five years, he has a very good team.

“Tottenham have spent a lot and, in five years, still haven’t won anything. In Italy, they’d have already killed the poor man.

“Instead he’s still there, trying to improve the team every year so they can win things.

“The Champions League isn’t so simple, otherwise we’d have won it so many times. It’s never easy to win.

“Klopp is another, he has been at Liverpool for three years but risks not winning anything, despite them having an exciting season.”

The Italy CT then had his say on Lionel Messi after his brace for Barcelona against Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.

“Messi’s at Maradona level. Compared to the past, when the strikers were surlier, today it’s easier, but Messi is from another planet.”

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