Preview – Spurs Vs Man City


Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose will all be assessed by Tottenham as they near returns from hamstring injuries.

Moussa Sissoko, who suffered a head injury last weekend, may also feature, but Harry Kane is still sidelined.

Manchester City defender John Stones is likely to be recalled after dropping out of the starting line-up for Wednesday’s draw against Celtic.

Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph remain injured.

Nolito serves the final game of a three-match domestic ban.


Simon Brotherton: “There is so much to look forward to here as the Premier League’s only remaining unbeaten sides go head-to-head at White Hart Lane.

“This meeting of the top two (prior to the weekend) also pits the league’s tightest defence against the most potent attack.

“Spurs have only conceded three goals so far, while City have scored 18 in the opening six games.

“It is a shame both teams will be missing a key player, with Harry Kane and Kevin de Bruyne both injured, but it shouldn’t affect the spectacle as Tottenham seek similar success to Celtic with their pressing game.

“Victory for Manchester City, however, would ensure Pep Guardiola becomes the first manager to win his first seven Premier League matches.”


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “Maybe we are a little behind them but our expectation in the long term is to compete with all the big clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool.

“We are building a new stadium, we have an unbelievable training ground and we want to set the principles to be a big, big club. Our spirit and ambition is to be one of the biggest in the world, but you need time and a normal process.

“It is difficult to compare Tottenham and Manchester City. You look at their budget, the salaries they pay and compare it with Tottenham, and it is very clear… we have very different projects.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Pochettino: “I think he’s one of the best managers in the world – I enjoy watching Tottenham.

“He’s doing an amazing job… the way they play I like a lot – they’re aggressive and have a lot of quality.

“They’re proactive, not reactive. There are many teams who wait to see what you do and then react – they [Spurs] don’t wait to see what they’re going to do. They want to create their own game. That’s why I like them.”

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