Pochettino celebrates victory over 'great' Man City

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Pochettino celebrates victory over 'great' Man City

Victory for Spurs this week would be somewhat less of a surprise but the City boss admitted his side face a major challenge against a team of whom he freely admits he is a major fan. In their stadium, they were better than us but here at the Etihad we played better - but in football, as you know, sometimes you can be lucky or not, so you can lose. "I think he's one of the best managers in the world - I enjoy watching Tottenham", said Guardiola.

"I enjoy watching Tottenham play now and since past year he has been doing an incredible job".

Pochettino was full of praise for his players' "passion and aggression" following the match and hopes they can keep it up after the global break. We will try and do our job. They're proactive, not reactive.

"You can see the budget, the salaries they pay and compare with Tottenham and it's very clear".

"They want to create their own game". "In the Premier League, there are many teams that can achieve that [the title] and Tottenham are one of them".

Silva's great football is thanks in large part to his new tactical role under Guardiola.

"At the beginning of the season, we play against City who are unbeaten in the Premier League, it's first against second in the table, a very tough match and very important for both teams".

"They play with talent". How many clubs have done that in their first season?

"Remember when I arrived, my first season here".

If not it will be so hard to go through. We know that [Tottenham] press high.

Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph are ruled out for the Manchester City trip to Tottenham on Sunday (2 October) but Pep Guardiola suggests the trio may be ready to return to action after the worldwide break, with a home game against Everton coming only before their Champions League crucial clash at Barcelona. The same with Delph.

Still, Mauricio Pochettino's side would have taken victory by a two-goal margin before kick off, and that was precisely what they got.

After their failure to win in the league, City will be keen on bouncing back when they take on Tottenham in the league clash this weekend. Vincent Kompany's injury issues have been a major concern for the line, as they lack another authoritative figure in their back four. We've seen the usual 4-2-3-1, but also a two striker system and a midfield-clogging 4-3-3. He is, though, training with the first-team squad.

Guardiola also confirmed Yaya Toure is yet to offer the apology for his outspoken agent, Dimitri Seluk, that will allow him to again be available for selection.

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