Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs can beat Manchester City, the best club in England

Pep Guardiola has revealed he rushed to Manchester Arena after hearing his wife and daughters were caught up in last year's terror attack

Pep Guardiola has revealed he rushed to Manchester Arena after hearing his wife and daughters were caught up in last year's terror attack

She told me "something happened and we are running but I don't know what happened" and then the line broke.

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.

Spurs' new ground will have a retractable National Football League pitch to avoid this situation, a luxury that Wembley does not provide.

Guardiola has nearly a full squad to choose from with Kevin De Bruyne making his first start of the season in Tuesday's Champions League victory at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Pochettino could argue that he has been tasked with taking on clubs such as City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal with one arm tied behind his back.

"I feel the love from the people here".

"The circumstance that happened in the last years, I think the club is not focused completely in winning titles or winning games", Pochettino admitted.

The bad news for Tottenham on Monday night is that Guardiola has all of these players fit and available to play, though away from home City have won just 50% of their league matches this term, drawing 1-1 with Wolves and failing to score against Liverpool last time.

A lack of squad depth at Tottenham has been a major talking point over the last few months after they added no new players to their ranks over the summer transfer window.

"I think we are on a different level - but that doesn't mean we can not beat them in one game", he said.

Following Liveprool's win over Cardiff on Saturday only a win, by any scoreline, for Man City at Wembley will take them back to the summit of the Premier League table given their far superior, and extremely impressive, goal difference.

"When we played previous year in the Christmas period, Boxing Day, when you play with 48 hours in between two games you play against teams that are in a similar condition to you", he is quoted as saying by Football.London. "That is going to happen in your stadium".

Tottenham and Pochettino were the first team to hand Guardiola a defeat in English football, beating City 2-0 at White Hart Lane in October 2016. We are more comfortable at the Etihad than if we should play in another stadium.

"Titles are important of course, and they have helped me have jobs and to keep working on my passion".

And after everything he has been through with the club and the city, he admitted: "I am sorry, I will be a Mancunian for the rest of my life".

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