Pochettino: Alli may return from injury for Man City clash

David Silva was in good form for City against Shakthar

David Silva was in good form for City against Shakthar

City were denied a victory over Liverpool only by a missed penalty and if Spurs are inflicted a defeat by the Mancunians, it's hard to believe anyone else might be able to stop them, least of all Manchester United or Chelsea who couldn't even beat each other, nor Arsenal who's defensive frailties were so brutally exposed by City in the first game itself.

"When you add new players and some players leave, it is easy to refresh the squad and to have a different challenge".

Taking over relegation-threatened Espanyol on the other side of town in January 2009, Pochettino's first game in charge was a daunting Copa del Rey quarter-final against Guardiola's Barca.

"We saw it at West Ham last week - we saw it at Cardiff a couple of weeks ago and they've paid for that inability to do that in Europe, which looks like a Champions League exit now".

"To be honest, I always enjoyed watching Barcelona under Guardiola, and Bayern Munich, and now Guardiola at Manchester City - the first season when they didn't win, and now they are winning", he said.

He also admits that the uncertainty surrounding their new stadium and the changes they needed to make to play at Wembley this season have also been a bit disruptive.

Alli has been suffering from a hamstring injury since Tottenham's League Cup win over Watford on September 26 - but he could return for Monday's Premier League clash with leaders Manchester City.

Tottenham Hotspur and Man City is arguably the pick of the weekend's ties and Breen highlighted a few issues for the North London side - despite having their best ever start to a Premier League season.

"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.

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"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".

He said: "I think it is quite similar, the rhythm, to last season, more or less".

"These are important. I don't know what's happened in the past but it's true that the strong teams are making a lot of points, they are not dropping points easily".

Given the tightness in points at the top of the table, Guardiola also sees this as a game City can ill afford to lose.

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

Pep Guardiola has been critical of his Manchester City players stating they need to remain professional should they be dropped.

"The circumstance that happened in the last years, I think the club is not focused completely in winning titles or winning games", Pochettino admitted.

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).

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