Friday 20 September 2019

Pochettino urges troops to 'be brave' at Etihad

Pochettino: Unhappy. Photo: Reuters
Pochettino: Unhappy. Photo: Reuters

Mauricio Pochettino joked when he was reminded that he was the last manager to defeat Pep Guardiola.

"It is not me with another coach, it is not me and Pep," the Tottenham manager said.

"For me, the best thing to see who is the best and to go there... brave managers, put like Anthony Joshua, and create a ring to fight. I am so brave on the touchline because I know that is never going to happen!"

Going toe-to-toe, like a champion boxer, is, however, the best way that Pochettino believes City can be beaten and "be brave" was a theme of his arguments as Tottenham prepare to face the champions again at the Etihad Stadium this evening.

It was in the Champions League quarter-final in April that Spurs triumphed - a 1-0 victory at their new stadium in the first leg followed by a 4-3 defeat, and a win on away goals, in Manchester when they certainly took the game to their opponents.

However, that tie came amid a run of 15 Premier League wins for City, including them beating Spurs at home and last weekend's 5-0 demolition away at West Ham United that sent a shiver of apprehension throughout the rest of the league.

The record of successive Premier League wins, only set by City in 2017-18, is 18, which could be equalled by the end of the month when they host Brighton.

"But, of course, 15 games winning is a massive record and it shows the quality of this team and when I talk about the quality I am talking about the CEO, the sporting director, the manager, the players, the structure," Pochettino added.

"When I talk about the quality, it is not talking about one player, one person. It's the quality of the project of Manchester City."

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