EPL 2017/18: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur - 5 Talking Points

Posted December 17, 2017

Given City's ideal form and the talent of a Spurs side capable of beating anyone, we might have to prepare to watch what could be the best match of the season so far.

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.

"Pep (Guardiola) is doing a fantastic job with his coaching staff". They are a very unsafe team.

The conversation turned to one of the themes of the week - how to behave at the moment of victory - and, specifically, the accusation from the Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, that City had let themselves down after their triumph at Old Trafford last Sunday; that they had shown a lack of respect.

"Tottenham, with Chelsea, is the best team in the way to play football", Guardiola said.

"When you watch the game and you assess the game, I think the way we conceded the first goal was a massive gift for Manchester City", Pochettino said post-match.

British media reports have said City are targeting Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, while Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez has also been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium. We need to behave like always, we need to think like always - we can win, we can play, we can enjoy ourselves and develop what we want.

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The former Barcelona boss now holds records for the longest winning runs in England, Germany and Spain, but has been firm in his belief that City will be unable to match Arsenal's unbeaten Premier League title-winners of 2003-04.

"But I'm not anxious, because in the end it's always three parts in all the situations in football - the players, the club that owns the players, and another club [that might] want some players".

City's astonishing success in the first half of the season has turned the title race into a procession, earning Guardiola and his players numerous plaudits for putting together such a record-breaking campaign.

"Exactly, that is the problem", Pochettino said.

City's relentless form, and the spellbinding quality of their football, has led some observers to suggest they could be the finest team England has ever seen.

"It may be completely different than other teams, where the most important thing is to win today. We are winners and we need to feel we can beat them".

"You can feel in the atmosphere after the Brighton game that they're so excited".