Mauricio Pochettino feels Manchester City pair Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero are almost alongside Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

The Southampton manager sees his side host City this weekend and feels his fellow countrymen are the key players for Roberto Mancini's outfit.

"I can be proud of them because they are Argentinian, and I enjoy seeing them play both at club level and as part of our national team," he told the club's official website.

"Tevez and Aguero are great players of a great level, almost on the same level as Messi, but Man City also have players like Silva and many others who can dictate the direction of the game."

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