Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Man City are without Ilkay Gunogan for the trip to Tottenham

Man City are without Ilkay Gunogan for the trip to Tottenham

"We had 100 points because we were focused on all the games".

Admittedly, some good news was announced last week that Spurs were opening the "largest retail space of any club in Europe".

"I think White Hart Lane was different to Wembley". He did an incredible job at Espanyol and Southampton and especially here at Tottenham. "For me, he's one of the best managers and I admire him a lot".

No wonder Pochettino sounds battle tired and perhaps a little envious of the likes of Guardiola, Liverpool's Juergen Klopp, Chelsea's Mauricio Sarri and Arsenal's Unai Emery.

Midfield maestro Eriksen is believed to earn around £70,000-a-week at Spurs, but he could quadruple that salary amid interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Dele Alli's £50,000-a-week deal also making him vulnerable to transfer approaches from bigger spending clubs. They have to know: "the next game is here, and they have to convince me".

"It's unusual because it's my worst feeling here in four-and-a-half years", Pochettino, who has taken Tottenham to third, second and third-placed finishes in the last three seasons, told reporters at the club's swish training ground.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has cast his doubt at the possibility of a home-grown manager succeeding Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur.

A "six-pointer" at Wembley?

Carragher wrote in the Telegraph: "There is much to encourage with Gareth Southgate's work with England, but it has still never been more hard for an Englishman to get a top six job", the former Liverpool defender said.

"When we see the game against Inter in the Champions League or the last game in PSV they were better than the opponent".

"That's why it is so important to take those points".

"We have to be ready to compete and to try to get the three points to keep fighting near the top".

Battling to win the second ball in midfield will be key to gaining the upper hand in this game and Spurs' defensive shape must be solid to ensure that City can not exploit any vulnerabilities in positioning.

Subscribe to the IOL Sport Newsletter! . Ploughed fields could look more suited to a top-end Premier League match than Wembley's turf when the game kicks off. The trip to White Hart Lane, however, was a reality check for the Catalan as Spurs executed a ideal pressing game to inflict City's first defeat of the season and Guardiola's first defeat in English football. "That is going to happen in your stadium". "The circumstances, because many things happen; I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season". "To be the only Premier League team not to sign a single player in the summer did not make any sense at all".

And, when he was reminded of what he said, Guardiola conceded he had been hasty about the quality of the Tottenham side when their striker does not score, with City ahead of the North London team by just two points in the Premier League table.

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