Mauricio Pochettino admits Spurs’ fine start masks stadium frustration

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

Tottenham have won seven and lost none of their last nine Premier League games played on Monday (D2), with their last defeat coming against Norwich in April 2012 (1-2).

"Glenn has played such a big part in my life", he said.

"It's a massive challenge for us", Pochettino said.

The heart drops when you arrive home to someone wearing a tool belt, generally in fairly grubby clothes, with hands on hips and head shaking as they say "we've got a problem with [INSERT SOMETHING YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF]" and then the plumber blames the electrician, the electrician blames the plasterer, the plasterer blames the builders and the builders blame Brexit.

Spurs are the home side but will likely spend a lot of time without the ball - when they do have a chance to pin City back, it is imperative they don't allow quick counter-attacks to split them open.

He also admits that the uncertainty surrounding their new stadium and the changes they needed to make to play at Wembley this season have also been a bit disruptive.

"We hope that he will be available for Monday but I am not sure".

And, when he was reminded of what he said, Guardiola conceded he had been hasty about the quality of the Tottenham side when their striker does not score, with City ahead of the North London team by just two points in the Premier League table.

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Kyle Walker's appearance in Manchester City colours against Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night will provide an untimely reminder of the riches that lie away from Pochettino's squad, with the former Spurs defender doubling his wages to £130,000-a-week when he joined City in the summer of 2017, but Spurs simply can not operate at that financial level. "It's odd because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the five years that I've been here". "Normally injuries happen when they are not 100 per cent focused".

"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". "I think he is already a top coach, not the next (generation of coaches)".

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

City manager Pep Guardiola insists he is unbothered by the prospect, but it will certainly be in his thoughts when he selects a starting line-up and if they lose it could well be an excuse he draws upon.

"That's why maybe the games against the contenders are becoming so important".

Spurs were initially scheduled to play City on Sunday but the National Football League date was already booked.

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

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