Pochettino in low mood despite Spurs' strong domestic start

Pochettino in low mood despite Spurs' strong domestic start

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

Guardiola also praised the work Mauricio Pochettino has achieved over the past couple of seasons that has seen Tottenham Hotspur play some of their best football.

"I think timing is so important in football and timing is going to be cruel on this Tottenham team". "For many years, he is training at a high level".

Mauricio Pochettino has reaffirmed his commitment to Tottenham after fresh speculation linking him with the Real Madrid job. "For me, he's one of the best managers and I admire him a lot".

Guardiola said. "These are important". He has been linked many times with Real Madrid. They have to know: "the next game is here, and they have to convince me".

"I feel very good at the moment".

Also important to note is how an attacking midfielder drops in to fill the space vacated by the deeper man, giving them a spare man in midfield as well, Eriksen doing this to great effect in the Spurs side - David Silva in City.

"When you play against the contenders it's nearly six points", added Guardiola.

"Many things happened in the summer, there are many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour". In all the games we won he was one of the best players on the pitch and he didn't play against Watford and Liverpool and we lost.

With the top sides dropping so few points, Guardiola believes that games against the other title contenders have taken on added importance this season.

"Southampton is next at home - the same points than against Tottenham - but when you win (the other title rival) doesn't win".

"Today, we spend a lot of energy in many things".

"Every game we have to be ready to win and show our best to help our team-mates".

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Tottenham's impressive domestic form is at odds with their Champions League struggles - Hugo Lloris's red card in midweek proving a turning point in the 2-2 draw against PSV Eindhoven, their only point from three games so far.

The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Philadelphia Eagles at England's national stadium on Sunday afternoon (Monday morning AEDT) - a date that led to a scheduling headache after Tottenham's move from their temporary home to the new White Hart Lane was hit by ongoing delays. "That is going to happen in your stadium".

"I don't know why, it's so hard to explain - [it's] because of the circumstances, because many things happen, because we're disappointed that we're still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there from the beginning of the season".

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