Guardiola admits he was wrong to make Spurs comment

Jo Caldwell
October 29, 2018

"I have a lot of respect for the job he has done in his career so he is already a reality as a manager, no doubt".

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.

Pochettino laughed off suggestions he could replace Julen Lopetegui should the Real Madrid coach be sacked, so the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, will not be feeling threatened just yet. They have to know: "the next game is here, and they have to convince me".

"It's not a problem, it's not a problem for me so it doesn't matter if people don't want to give credit to us or the team or Tottenham".

Whatever happens on Monday night, expect Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City to be a high octane football match with chances aplenty at both sides of the pitch.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino joked that the unusual state of affairs could help his side and hinder City's slick passing approach but, even if that proves to be the case, Guardiola insists the playing surface will not be used as an excuse.

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"I don't know, many things that happened in summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour".

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

Tottenham beat City at home in Guardiola's first season in charge but went down 3-1 last season as City steamed to the title with a record 100 points.

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.

"In light of the above, and taking into account the restricted availability of manpower over the festive period, we have taken the decision to confirm today that all home games will be played at Wembley Stadium up to and including the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December".

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"That is going to happen anywhere".

"I don't know why, it's so hard to explain - [it's] because of the circumstances, because many things happen, because we're disappointed that we're still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there from the beginning of the season".

"When I analysed this game, I realised this is the Premier League".

After their best start to a Premier League season, Tottenham are only two points behind Pep Guardiola's men and could go ahead of them with a win, but the Argentinian thinks thie Premier League Champions are on a different level to his team.

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