Guardiola Hails 'Humble' City After Spurs Rout

Guardiola Hails 'Humble' City After Spurs Rout

"We need to win today, tomorrow and in one, two, three, four years".

It was Christmas Jumper Day at Manchester City on Friday, but Pep Guardiola was not in the mood to join in with the festive spirit, perhaps just to remind the rest of the Premier League they can expect no charity from the runaway leaders.

Eager to give Spurs something to think about at the other end, Guardiola sent on Jesus for Sergio Aguero, who tossed his gloves to the ground in disgust as he made his way off. "They are the best team in Europe, not just England on form".

So far the Colombia international's absence has been manageable, with the 5-1 hammering of Stoke City last weekend followed by the comfortable 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in midweek proving somewhat straightforward.

"It was solid, good, against one team demanding to be intense without the ball", Guardiola said.

"No, absolutely not. We are here to win titles, we had a great start, it's still more than half (of the season remaining) so it's very difficult, very hard".

"We all know that Pep Guardiola is an educator, someone who wants to install confidence and different tactics within players, but can you take that on board?" It'll be interesting to see whether Tottenham stick to their usual attacking approach or if they'll adopt a more defensive, counter-attacking strategy, which they can also do very well.

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In all but name, Manchester City have become football's great untouchables.

But while the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach believes they still have levels to climb to, he insists that City can not go through the season unbeaten in the Premier League.

"Of course, City are doing fantastically and everyone's respect for them is massive and, yes, we feel the same; it's so important to respect our opponent". We tried to play, but they were better, we have to congratulate them.

"We're not anxious. We know how our project is and who we are, and in the end we try to develop our project not only thinking about today and tomorrow, but thinking long-term".

When it was suggested that some players might want success now, Pochettino said: "Exactly, that is the problem". It's normal. If you lose the game, you are not going to put music on. I thought we did an incredible job and could've scored a lot more goals, incredible performance and we are happy to beat a team like Tottenham.

"It's not that we need to be courageous".

"In the last 10 games we won eight games", Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said.