Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

City vs Spurs - A tale of two similar teams on differing paths

City vs Spurs - A tale of two similar teams on differing paths

"But it will be a tough game because Manchester City is one of the best teams, not only in England but in Europe".

It was a bold, courageous endeavour, but anyone who has had any kind of work done on their house - a new conservatory, an extension - knows that it nearly always ends up three times as expensive and takes twice as long, and that's if you're lucky.

After rejecting the prospect of taking over at Real Madrid last summer, the Bernabeu hot-seat is about to become vacant once again and while former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the man taking the Bernabeu hot-seat this time, Pochettino will inevitably be offered his dream job in Madrid once again sooner rather than later and next time, he may well take the bait.

Guardiola does not feel this is a fair reflection on their performances, though, and insists he is a huge admirer of Pochettino's side, having courted controversy by labelling them "the Harry Kane team" last season. We are more comfortable here at the Etihad Stadium.

"It's not a problem, it's not a problem for me so it doesn't matter if people don't want to give credit to us or the team or Tottenham".

Mauricio Pochettino says this season has seen him endure his "worst feeling" as Tottenham's manager despite guiding them to their best ever Premier League start.

Spurs host Manchester City at Wembley on Monday, before travelling to the London Stadium to face West Ham in the Carabao Cup on October 31.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela has been directly involved in four goals in five Premier League games this season (three goals, one assist), the same total he registered in 25 games last term (two goals, two assists).

City travel to Wembley on Monday night in fine form as they try to replicate a record-breaking 100-point march to the title that saw them easily dismiss Spurs twice last season.

"I think he is already a top coach", Guardiola added.

"We have a lot of focus and you know very well when you are competing with sides like we are in the Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others", he said.

I don't know, many things happened in the summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or best humour.

This match could turn on a single decision and considering Man City have scored 20 goals from open play to Spurs' six, making use of set pieces will be crucial to the home side.

Announced as the incoming Manchester City manager midway through the 2015/16 season, Guardiola officially took charge in July 2016.

"Today, we spend a lot of energy in many things".

Just two of the last 28 league meetings between Spurs and Man City have ended as draws (11 wins for Man City, 15 wins for Spurs).

"The reality is what we've done previous year you have to be focused on everyone".

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