- Mauricio Pochettino is relishing the chance to face Manchester City
- Pep Guardiola's side are runaway leaders and are yet to be beaten this season
- Tottenham got back to winning ways on Wednesday, brushing aside Brighton
Tottenham Hotspurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is in confident mood ahead of their crunchy tie against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Saturday, December 16.
Speaking after Spurs’ comfortable 2-0 win at home to Brighton, the Argentine insisted his players are now completely focused on Saturday’s game.
Pochettino said: “They [Manchester City] are showing that they are not only the best in England but in Europe too with the Champions League. They are playing so well and deserve all the praise.
“It will be so tough. I think Manchester City deserve all the credit with what they are doing.
“Of course now we are completely focused on trying to prepare the team to be ready to compete on Saturday.”
The former Southampton boss added: “In this type of game you need something lucky to open things up and also play well, dominate and create chances.
“Of course the game changes when you score because then the opposition have to come forward.
“I think if you win then you can say ‘oh, we have learned’, but every game is completely different. Sometimes you try and try and it’s difficult.
“The most important thing is the three points and I am happy with the performance.”
Pochettino watched on as Spurs made it three home wins in a week on Wednesday night, with goals from Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son enough for the hosts to pick up the three points that took them back into the top four.
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Despite seeing his side struggle to break Brighton down for long periods, Pochettino believes his players' recent form stands them in good stead ahead of their weekend trip to runaway leaders City.
City's 4-0 win at Swansea maintained their 11-point lead at the top and provided the latest demonstration of their exceptional quality, and even though they host Spurs on Saturday, Pochettino is unconcerned about their fine form.
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