Manchester City visit Wembley Stadium on Monday night for a tough fixture against Tottenham, who could overtake the Premier League champions with a win.
The Blues won both games quite comfortably last season, thrashing Tottenham 4-1 at home in the festive period, before winning 3-1 in April at Wembley, but Pep Guardiola knows full well how difficult Monday’s match could be.
His counterpart Mauricio Pochettino has been full of praise for City, and it’s obvious that he has respect for Pep despite some bad blood in the past.
Speaking ahead of the game, Pochettino made it clear that he believes Man City remain the best side in English football and praised their set-up.
“I think for me they are the best team today in England,” the Tottenham boss said. “I think fantastic players, an amazing manager and coaching staff.
“The quality of the club, the players, the coaching staff and Pep (Guardiola) of course, make them a very difficult opponent and it’s a massive challenge for us to play against them.
“It will be an exciting game and it’s always good to have a good experience against them. You can win or lose, but we’re excited to face them.
“In football nothing is impossible. I don’t believe that in football you can find something that is impossible to do, but it will be difficult of course because we need to play well and perform at our best, have a bit of luck to win the game.”
Despite an unbeaten start to the season for City, a win for Tottenham could knock the champions out of the top four if Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal get good results, a sign of how tight things are at the top of the table.