Pochettino reflects on early successes against Guardiola

Posted October 29, 2018

"We know the continued delay is a source of huge disappointment to everyone and I can only continue to apologise for this - it is a sentiment felt by all of us".

Speaking ahead of City's trip to Wembley to face Spurs on Monday night, Guardiola has suggested that any of these five teams could feasibly lift the title at the end of the season.

Before the daunting task of facing Manchester City at Wembley on Monday, it was intriguing to hear the former Argentina defender's assessment of the campaign.

"I feel beloved from the people here".

The teenager could feature in one of the upcoming cup competitions as it seems unlikely that he will be risked in a Premier League game, particularly with Alli returning to fitness.

City took 24 from a possible 30 points against their top six rivals last season with defeats to Liverpool and United their only failures. "Three days or four days ago, there, I was unfair for many players who deserved to play".

He said: "I think it is quite similar, the rhythm, to last season, more or less".

Following on from the trauma of that night, the Champions League victor went on to lead the blue half of the city to an historic season, claiming the league and cup double, with a record number of goals, wins, and points.

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed Guardiola, his Manchester City counterpart, was disrespectful to the London club when he used the term past year as it implied the England talisman was their only significant player.

"We have a lot of focus and you know very well when you are competing with sides, like we are in Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others".

Pep Guardiola has said Tottenham have proved they are more than a "Harry Kane team" after his comments upset Maurcio Pochettino last season.

Manchester City became the first Premier League club to win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night thanks to a masterful performance in Ukraine. But the club need to be all focused on trying to win titles. "That is going to happen anywhere".

He said: "When you play against the contenders it's nearly six points, isn't it?" We are more comfortable here at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola said: "The first year we dropped a lot of points against contenders".

"They have a lot of worldwide players and their base is from the English national team".

"I will be Mancunian for rest of my life". They've a young team, a good keeper and good strikers.