After a hard-fought win over Aston Villa in their opening Premier League fixture of the season, Spurs now have a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium this evening.
Manchester City have not only won the Premier League title back to back under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola but also won the domestic treble last season.
In fact, it was Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham who put an end to City’s quadruple hopes as the Lilywhites knocked them out of the Champions League at the quarter final stage last season.
Despite the fact that Pochettino is yet to win any silverware during his time in North London, Pep Guardiola has lauded the extraordinary work that the Argentine has done at Spurs since taking over in the summer of 2014.
Speaking about the job that Pochettino has done at Spurs, Guardiola told the Evening Standard, “Overwhelming, extraordinary – I said (that) many, many times.
“I don’t know if Pochettino receives many compliments from other managers like me. I don’t think so.
“My opinion about him is high standards, even if he doesn’t believe me, so he’s a top, top, top, top manager.”
Guardiola insisted that he know right from his first season in English football that Tottenham were a team with a lot of potential.
He added, “I said from the beginning, the first day, when we played against them at White Hart Lane and lost 2-0, I said words in terms of the capacity, quality and possibilities of this team, the manager and the club. They are a strong team, a good team.”
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While Guardiola has always been complimentary towards Tottenham during his time in English football, it is clear that there is an element of mind games involved here before the match. It is vitally important that Tottenham don’t lose the midfield battle today if they wish to get anything from the game.
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