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Manchester United may also be tempted to test Pochettino's loyalties should they dispense with Jose Mourinho in the coming months, with one of the most sought after tacticians in the world game edging closer to reaching the inevitable crossroads in his career. "But it's the best start ever for the club in the Premier League".

"Glenn has played such a big part in my life", he said.

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. City has looked strong as of late and is one of three undefeated teams in the league.

"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.

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'm pretty sure Tottenham have a good greenkeeper.

The Manchester City manager, whose side face Spurs on Monday night at Wembley, made the remark after his team won 1-0 win against Chelsea in September previous year before Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino branded the comments "disrepectful". They were a far better team than anyone else, but this year you get the feeling that it could be different.

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

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.

The failure to beat the Dutch champions means that, despite seven victories from nine Premier League matches, Pochettino's hopes of emulating last season's run to the last 16 of the Champions League had all but evaporated before the clocks went back. "We had 100 points is because we were focused on all the games".

"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.

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

"I think the most important thing ahead of the game is how we feel, how we prepare for the game". The 28-year-old has missed City's last three games.

The Eastlands outfit haven't lost in the Premier League this season and the current league crown holders dropped points in a 1-1 draw with promoted side Wolverhampton Wanderers and title rivals Liverpool FC.