By Tom Blackburn

Claudio Ranieri has praised Mauricio Pochettino for the way he handled his Tottenham side last season.

The two managers went head to head in the Premier League title race, with Leicester emerging triumphant as Spurs stumbled over the final hurdles of the campaign.

Ranieri told Italian publication Gazetta dello Sport that Pochettino never put a foot out of line in the title race, and praised the work of his dugout adversary.

“Pochettino was an exemplary rival in the race between Leicester and Tottenham,” said Ranieri, cited by the Daily Star. “He is working wonderfully.”

Pochettino has had a busy summer looking to bolster his squad ahead of another season challenging at the top.

The Argentine joined Spurs in 2014 after a successful stint at Southampton, and signed a five-year contract.

His impressive handling of the squad prompted the Tottenham hierarchy to reward him with a contract that runs until 2021, and he has also been given financial backing.

Their marquee signing has been Dutch striker Vincent Janssen, who has been brought in to support the lone efforts of Harry Kane.

Victor Wanyama has also been added to the squad to give depth to their midfield options, while they are on the brink of signing £11million Marseille youngster Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.

In other Tottenham news, they face competition from Pep Guardiola for a £15million wonderkid.