Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Pochettino reflects on early successes against Guardiola

Pochettino reflects on early successes against Guardiola

It looks likely that Spurs' first game at their new permanent home will be against Manchester United, with their first game of 2019 being away to Cardiff City on New Year's Day.

"This is the worst I've felt, yet it's the best start ever for us in the Premier League".

"The guys who don't play deserve to play - it's always like this", said Guardiola.

Guardiola said. "These are important".

Despite an underwhelming Champions League campaign to date, Spurs have been similarly impressive domestically this term and victory at England's national stadium would see them leapfrog City in the standings.

Also important to note is how an attacking midfielder drops in to fill the space vacated by the deeper man, giving them a spare man in midfield as well, Eriksen doing this to great effect in the Spurs side - David Silva in City. We are more comfortable at the Etihad than if we should play in another stadium.

Harry Kane has been a bit good since breaking into Tottenham's first team as a wide-eyed whippersnapper.

Kyle Walker's appearance in Manchester City colours against Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night will provide an untimely reminder of the riches that lie away from Pochettino's squad, with the former Spurs defender doubling his wages to £130,000-a-week when he joined City in the summer of 2017, but Spurs simply can not operate at that financial level.

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"People said in that period, "City are going to win the Premier League" and in that game I realised, when I saw how physical they are, how good they are, how (they play) high press, how many good things they do - this is a team".

"It's unusual because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the four a half years that I've been here", he said.

Manchester City, on the other hand, became the first Premier League club to win at Shakhtar Donetsk after the Eastlands outfit were 3-0 winners in Ukraine on Tuesday night.

"I think the Premier League doesn't like it too much but it is what it is". I'm feeling confident and I'm looking forward. "We deserved more in that game".

Tottenham conceded seven goals against Pep Guardiola's side last season in their two meetings and will be up against opponents who have spent around £360m more on transfers and three times as much on wages since 2015.

"Many things happened in the summer, there are many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour". Kevin De Bruyne is back for City and is one of the few players who could pull off that quarter-back role with his range.

"That's why maybe the games against the contenders are becoming so important". The 28-year-old has missed City's last three games.

"It was almost 10 years ago and, to be honest, I've improved a lot, I've changed a lot".

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