'We have to adapt' - Guardiola plays down Wembley pitch concerns

Dean Simpson
October 29, 2018

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.

Kevin De Bruyne is in line for his first Premier League start of the season after making a successful return to City's first XI in the superb 3-0 midweek win over Shakhtar Donetsk. "There's no Kyle Walker anymore, the fact that Dembele is not the player he was". It was my first defeat here and I realised how strong they are. Whereas, all the other teams have.

"I think he is already a top coach", Guardiola added.

"I don't know why, it's hard to explain".

"The season so far, it's unusual because my feeling is the worst I've had in the five years that I've been here", he added.

"We saw it at West Ham last week - we saw it at Cardiff a couple of weeks ago and they've paid for that inability to do that in Europe, which looks like a Champions League exit now. I think in football people have short memories".

As well as Spurs have done in the league this season, Pochettino accepts they are unlikely to be able to challenge the likes of City until they are in their new stadium.

If they have bad faces, bad moods or want to show how disappointed they are, they will have big problems because they are not going to play ... The Citizens could become the first non-London side to win five consecutive Premier League games in the capital.

"It's a very powerful thing to keep your quad together but at the same time you need to understand that power is only important if you use it to push harder, work harder and be better".

"My admiration for Marcelo Bielsa is huge because he makes the players much, much better", said Guardiola early a year ago as Pochettino sang a similar tune saying, "Of course he's a great coach".

Whatever happens on Monday night, expect Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City to be a high octane football match with chances aplenty at both sides of the pitch.

Manchester United and Chelsea continue to be touted with a move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is unlikely to sign a new deal at the Emirates.

While Spurs, without hitting the heights, have doggedly kept in touch with the Premier League elite this season, Wednesday's 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven left their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.

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