Pochettino says Man City are favourites for clash

De Bruyne takes a corner in Ukraine

De Bruyne takes a corner in Ukraine

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli could return for Monday's Premier League clash with leaders Manchester City, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.

"I think he is already a top coach", Guardiola added.

"He did an incredible job at Espanyol and Southampton and especially here at Tottenham".

"I think they're further away from the Premier League title then they have been over the last 2/3 seasons because ultimately I think the team is weakened", he told Nathan. "For me, he's one of the best managers and I admire him a lot".

"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 like that, after what happened in Manchester at the arena, now it is a song for the people".

Arsenal have improved, Chelsea have improved - obviously City and Liverpool have as well and this is the problem - they look like they've virtually stood still.

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"I know I always have a good relationship with the media but my feeling is not the best feeling, I had a better feeling in previous seasons". It'll probably be hard, ' said Chark. It would give them a huge lift following their Champions League disappointment while at the same time positioning them as real contenders - given how their credentials were damaged by a loss to Liverpool at Wembley.

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

Mauricio Pochettino has said his mood is the worst it has ever been during his time at Tottenham, even though the club has made its best ever start to a Premier League campaign. And of course always when we arrive at like a final game, we always fail.

Given City had just thrashed Burnley 5-0, while also enjoying a 5-0 win at Cardiff and a 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield this term, that ranks as high praise from the Spaniard.

As well as Spurs have done in the league this season, Pochettino accepts they are unlikely to be able to challenge the likes of City until they are in their new stadium. "We had 100 points is because we were focused on all the games".

Admittedly, some good news was announced last week that Spurs were opening the "largest retail space of any club in Europe".

Tottenham are approaching the busy autumn and winter period with a smaller squad compared to the other big teams in the Premier League, but Pochettino feels he has the players to cope with the mounting fixture list.

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