Pochettino: Alli may return from injury for Man City clash

29 October, 2018, 17:04 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Pep Guardiola has revealed he rushed to Manchester Arena after hearing his wife and daughters were caught up in last year's terror attack

Spurs head into the match having lost 10 of their last 15 league matches against City and, with the visitors having recorded seven wins already this season, they face another tough challenge.

"When they [players] are fit, you have full focus on what you have to do", he said.

Guardiola even suggested Pochettino would again be in the frame should the Real Madrid job become available in the near future with Julen Lopetegui under severe pressure. Though disappointment came in a Champions League quarter-final defeat to Liverpool and FA Cup fifth-round exit at the hands of League One side Wigan Athletic.

"They show me how wrong I was", said Guardiola, who also labelled Monday's game a "six-pointer".

Only two points separates Spurs and Manchester City.

"I don't know why, it's so hard to explain - [it's] because of the circumstances, because many things happen, because we're disappointed that we're still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there from the beginning of the season".

Pochettino has said he has the "worst feeling" of his Tottenham tenure ahead of their Monday Night Football meeting with Manchester City, insisting Spurs are still some way short of being genuine Premier League contenders despite their unbeaten start to the campaign.

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.


"People said in that period, "City are going to win the Premier League" and in that game I realised, when I saw how physical they are, how good they are, how (they play) high press, how many good things they do - this is a team".

"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. I will keep fighting for the team because we have a great squad here and great staff to help us to learn and improve our game. I think in the past I felt better. I'm feeling confident and I'm looking forward.

"I don't know, many things that happened in summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour". "We have a lot of focuses and you know very well that when you are competing with sides like we are in the Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others".

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

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

The central midfielder was named as Tottenham's best first-year academy scholar by the Guardian this month, and is highly-regarded in north London.

"The reality is what we did past year you have to be focused on everyone".

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