Man City are without Ilkay Gunogan for the trip to Tottenham

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed his Manchester City counterpart was disrespectful to the London club when he used the term a year ago as it implied the England talisman was their only significant player.

"This is the worst I've felt, yet it's the best start ever for us in the Premier League".

Guardiola even suggested Pochettino would again be in the frame should the Real Madrid job become available in the near future with Julen Lopetegui under severe pressure.

"When that happens, it is a solid team but to win games, especially important games like in the Champions League or Tottenham, you have to be so solid at the back and our conversion rate in front must be a little bit higher".

Spurs owner Joe Lewis - who spends most of his time on his €130m yacht in the Bahamas - could invest a chance of his €4billion fortune into Tottenham to either finance the stadium project or player investment and change the club's image overnight, but he has never shown an inclination to get involved in the club during his 17 years as its reclusive owner. "I think Tottenham feel more comfortable at home", he added.

It was only four-and-a-half years ago that the Englishman was making his first Premier League start for Spurs, starring with a goal and assist as the north Londoners trashed Sunderland 5-1.

But Guardiola rejected the notion that last term's player of the season would not be risked in a game the league leaders go into only two points better off than Spurs.

Spurs have 21 points from their opening nine games and will go above Manchester City if they beat the champions at Wembley on Monday, kick-off 20:00 GMT. "I think he is already a top coach, not the next (generation of coaches)".

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"It's unusual because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the four a half years that I've been here", he said. I will keep fighting for the team because we have a great squad here and great staff to help us to learn and improve our game.

"Later in my career, Glenn was always so good to me with England, and the reason I signed for Tottenham in 2002 was because I wanted to work with him".

"When you take care properly and focus, knowing that the pitch may not be in the best question, you have to be ready", said the Catalan.

"Many things happened in the summer, there are many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour".

Pep Guardiola has admitted he was wrong to refer to Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team".

Just two of the last 28 league meetings between Spurs and Man City have ended as draws (11 wins for Man City, 15 wins for Spurs).

"The reality is what we did previous year you have to be focused on everyone".

"It was almost 10 years ago and, to be honest, I've improved a lot, I've changed a lot".

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