Opta Stats: Tottenham v Manchester City

Opta Stats: Tottenham v Manchester City

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed his Manchester City counterpart was disrespectful to the London club when he used the term a year ago as it implied the England talisman was their only significant player.

Tottenham have won seven and lost none of their last nine Premier League games played on Monday (D2), with their last defeat coming against Norwich in April 2012 (1-2).

"When you play against the contenders it's nearly six points, isn't it?" he said.

"Having said that, I think the biggest concern right now is that Real Madrid want Pochettino".

City's flamboyant attacking play has delivered 26 goals, while at the back only three goals have been conceded by number one Ederson.

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"They show me how wrong I was", Guardiola told a news conference.

Guardiola claimed on Friday he believes Spurs are among a group of five title contenders separated by just two points at the top of the table before the weekend began, also featuring Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. We are more comfortable at the Etihad than if we should play in another stadium.

"The season so far, it's odd because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the five years that I've been here", said Pochettino.

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.

Guardiola took charge of City in 2016 and led them to a Premier League and Carabao Cup double last season, breaking records along the way.

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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. They were a far better team than anyone else, but this year you get the feeling that it could be different. And of course always when we arrive at like a final game, we always fail.

"I don't know, many things that happened in summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour". I'm feeling confident and I'm looking forward.

"When you take care properly and focus, knowing that the pitch may not be in the best question, you have to be ready", said the Catalan.

"That's why maybe the games against the contenders are becoming so important".

"The circumstance that happened in the last years, I think the club is not focused completely in winning titles or winning games", Pochettino admitted. The decision would be beneficial for all parties involved: Pochettino gets to rest first-choice players who featured against City, and the youngster gains priceless professional experience.

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It is easy to see in the last few years how we act in front of the market, how we act in front of everything and how the other teams were acting.

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