It Isn't Ideal But We Have Quality - Mauricio Pochettino Addresses Squad Size

Pep Guardiola feels Manchester City still lack

Other than Manchester United, who have made a hard start, only Spurs have been beaten by a team outside last season's top six while leaders Liverpool have only dropped to City and Chelsea.

Tottenham haven't won a game in the Champions League this season following a 2-1 loss to Inter Milan at the San Siro before a 4-2 defeat by FC Barcelona at Wembley.

"When they [players] are fit, you have full focus on what you have to do", he said.

Taking over relegation-threatened Espanyol on the other side of town in January 2009, Pochettino's first game in charge was a daunting Copa del Rey quarter-final against Guardiola's Barca.

"I think he [ Pochettino ] is already a top coach, not next", Guardiola told The Independent.

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.

"I always spoke, don't focus too much on the result, especially in this part of the season, forget about it, it is just what we have to do, what we have to do".

"I'm not sure City are quite as good as a year ago and think they are probably a bit nervous", he said.

The European champions have made a poor start to the season, losing four and drawing two of their nine games in all competitions so far and should they come calling for Tottenham's manager, Carragher claimed the London club would target a foreign manager to replace him.

"I don't know, many things that happened in summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour". One is to win games, but the club need to be all focused in trying to win titles.

"Later in my career, Glenn was always so good to me with England, and the reason I signed for Tottenham in 2002 was because I wanted to work with him".

Guardiola took charge of City in 2016 and led them to a Premier League and Carabao Cup double last season, breaking records along the way. I think in the past I felt better.

"When you know the pitch might not be in the best condition you have to be more ready than ever".

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.

"Today, we spend a lot of energy in many things".

"I think the most important thing ahead of the game is how we feel, how we prepare for the game".

"The reality is what we've done past year you have to be focused on everyone". 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.

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