Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Sports | By Toni Houston

Guardiola right to be wary of Tottenham


The first real threat from Man City came after ten minutes when a Kevin de Bruyne free kick off the right found the head of Sergio Aguero whose stooping header breezed just wide.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted Manchester City are in the midst of a fantastic season but at the same time insisted that his players will be up for the challenge when the two sides lock horns on Saturday night.

"It was solid, good, against one team demanding to be intense without the ball", Guardiola said.

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"I want to tell you that when we won our games, like at Huddersfield or at Wembley against Stoke, the players put the music on and it's so loud".

"Tottenham is an important game because the opponent is so tough", Guardiola said.

Guardiola's put-down that the Londoners were simply "that Harry Kane team" ultimately rang true as the England worldwide proved the visitors' sole outlet before Christian Eriksen's well-taken but largely meaningless goal after the hosts had raced four goals ahead.

"But no matter what happens on Saturday, nothing is going to change - we are not going to win the Premier League tomorrow, we are not going to lose it either".

"They have really good young players", Guardiola said.

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Pochettino described City as the best team in Europe on current form and it seemed to chime with the vibe that has built around them after 16 wins and one draw in 17 league games this season that he was asked whether he thought they could last the campaign without defeat.

Milestones and landmarks have tumbled for City this season, with their most recent being an English record for the number of consecutive league wins, which they have now set at 15 and counting.

"For us it's a massive challenge".

"Only decide the plan, provide the plan to the players and on the day only deliver that plan".

"It may be completely different than other teams, where the most important thing is to win today".

"I don't know, believe me, I don't know what we are going to do because it's not..." The same fate befell Guardiola's outstanding teams at Barca and Bayern after long winning runs.

Look for City to dominate possession at home, even against a Spurs side that likes the ball as well.

"When I dropped points in those games, people said finally they have finished the run and I said you have to talk about what we've done", Guardiola said.

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