Pochettino in low mood despite Spurs' strong domestic start

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"Maybe it's good for us because we're going to face one of the best teams in Europe or in the world", Pochettino said with a half-laugh.

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

Pochettino has beaten Pep Guardiola before though, yet a win against the ex-Barcelona manager this time might be his best triumph over him to date.

"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 boss Mauricio Pochettino joked that the unusual state of affairs could help his side and hinder City's slick passing approach but, even if that proves to be the case, Guardiola insists the playing surface will not be used as an excuse.

"I don't know, it's so hard to explain because many things happen, I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season". I know I've always been amusing with you and I have a good relationship with you but my feeling is not the best.

This match could turn on a single decision and considering Man City have scored 20 goals from open play to Spurs' six, making use of set pieces will be crucial to the home side.

And, when he was reminded of what he said, Guardiola conceded he had been hasty about the quality of the Tottenham side when their striker does not score, with City ahead of the North London team by just two points in the Premier League table.

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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 think timing is so important in football and timing is going to be cruel on this Tottenham team".

Erik Lamela is in good form with five goals this season while Lucas Moura has four, including a double in a 3-0 win at Manchester United.

"I don't know, many things that happened in summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour".

Announced as the incoming Manchester City manager midway through the 2015/16 season, Guardiola officially took charge in July 2016.

Both City and Spurs also like to play out from the back, often letting another midfielder in deep alongside the central defenders for numerical advantage to play out, with Eric Dier often occupying this role for Tottenham while Fernandinho fills in for City.

"But it's easy to see in the last few years how we act in the [transfer] market, how we act in everything, and how the other teams were acting".

"We have to be ready to compete and to try to get the three points to keep fighting near the top".

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