“It shows the evolution” – Poch admits City have improved squad while Spurs have stood still since 2016


Manchester City are the visitors to North London this evening in the first European match to be played at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The game, which has been described by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has one of the biggest of his career, is a massive match for both teams, as Spurs attempt to do the impossible and make it to the Champions League semi-final while City chase the quadruple.

City come into the tie as massive favourites, not only given their recent form but also their consistency over the last couple of years. In fact, Guardiola’s men have won all of their last four meetings with Spurs.

Ahead of the game, Pochettino was asked if Spurs have to approach the game like they did when they beat City 2-0 at White Hart Lane in 2016.

The Argentine said that each game will be different and that City have completely evolved as a team since that result while Spurs have more or less stagnated.

Speaking during the pre-match press conference Pochettino told Football.London, ” Yes, when you remember that situation (2-0 win over City in 2016), I think 99% of the players are still in our squad and 5 or 10 percent only still in Manchester City’s squad, nearly three years ago.

“It shows the evolution of different clubs. For me that victory is in the past. Today Manchester are doing fantastically, they are the clear favourite to win the Premier League and Champions League and in the final of the FA Cup. They won the Carabao Cup.

“It’s going to be tough for us but only we’re thinking about today and tomorrow we need to be ready. It’s not important what happened in 2016. It’s only there a game we won. It’s a different competition and game.”

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