Pep Guardiola Tottenham proved me wrong they're not the Harry Kane team

Pep Guardiola Tottenham proved me wrong they're not the Harry Kane team

Pep Guardiola Tottenham proved me wrong they're not the Harry Kane team

"In that game I realised [how hard it would be] when I saw how physical they were, how good they are, how high they press, how many good things they do. and this is a team people don't think or don't consider to be a contender to win the Premier League".

"To be honest, I always enjoyed watching Barcelona under Guardiola, and Bayern Munich, and now Guardiola at Manchester City - the first season when they didn't win, and now they are winning", he said.

Before the daunting task of facing Manchester City at Wembley on Monday, it was intriguing to hear the former Argentina defender's assessment of the campaign. "It is incredible. It puts me in the best of myself when I listen - it's a masterpiece", he told the Spanish reporter.

Guardiola now concedes that match was a harsh lesson to him about the realities of the Premier League although he believes Spurs have been hampered by a season-and-a-half away from their home ground.

"I feel the love from the people here".

"I think White Hart Lane was different to Wembley". City are unbeaten in the league this season and have won seven and drawn two of their nine matches, but they are on a roll which will have to experience a particularly bumpy 90 minutes if it is to continue.

"We have a lot of (other things to focus on) and you know very well when you are competing with sides like we are competing with in the Champions League and Premier League the most important thing is to fight with the same conditions".

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"It's unusual because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the five years that I've been here".

"They show me how wrong I was", joked Guardiola.

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. But the club need to be all focused on trying to win titles.

"The first year we dropped a lot of points against contenders".

"When you play against contenders it's nearly six points", he commented. "That is going to happen anywhere".

"Because at this moment of time, Liverpool actually look really risky and they are going to go a lot closer, and that is a real threat". We are more comfortable here at the Etihad Stadium.

"I will be Mancunian for the rest of my life. They are a young team with a good 'keeper and a good striker so they have everything to be there", he added.

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