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Jose Mourinho says Tottenham vs Manchester City is not about his Pep Guardiola rivalry

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 Jose Mourinho faces Pep Guardiola for the first time as Tottenham manager on Sunday

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho played down his rivalry with Pep Guardiola ahead of a “new chapter” when Tottenham host Manchester City on Super Sunday.

Mourinho and Guardiola have faced off in Clasicos and Manchester derbies, plus memorable Champions League encounters between Barcelona and Inter Milan.

The next instalment on Sunday will be the first time Mourinho has faced Guardiola as Spurs manager.

Back in 1996: Jose Mourinho coached at Barcelona while Pep Guardiola was a player under manager Sir Bobby Robson
Back in 1996: Jose Mourinho coached at Barcelona while Pep Guardiola was a player under manager Sir Bobby Robson

But Mourinho would rather remember the time he spent as a coach at Barcelona while Guardiola was still a player.

“With him I remember more the three years we fought on the same side, working together at the same club,” he said.


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“The space of the work every day for three years. I remember more that than what people can speak about rivalry.

“Then, of course, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Inter and Barcelona in the Champions League, City and United, now Tottenham and City.

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho entertained journalists at his news conference by predicting the questions they would ask him!
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho entertained journalists at his news conference by predicting the questions they would ask him!

“Again no Jose and Pep. Clubs, teams and that’s just one more. A new chapter for us because it’s the first time, Tottenham against Manchester City with us.

“Never Jose and Josep, like he is in Catalan. For me, it’s a game I want to win because I want my team to win and we need points. No more than that.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Tottenham are a different threat under Jose Mourinho

Spurs are six points off a top-four place going into Sunday’s match, but Guardiola says his old rival needs time for his methods to work.

“I think every manager needs time,” Guardiola told Sky Sports News.

“I saw the game [Tottenham played] against Liverpool and the last game against Southampton and the team is alive, it’s not flat.

“They are a team that are aggressive and can play with different systems. And always [Mourinho] is a huge competitor and his teams are always tough.

“We are going to prepare tomorrow for the game and travel to London to try and get a good result and to be closer to qualify for the Champions League next season.”

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Leicester City 0 Manchester City 2: Jesus & De Bruyne on target as Guardiola´s title tilt continues

Manchester City’s unstoppable march at the Premier League summit shows no signs of slowing down as goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne secured a 2-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been in irresistible form so far this season and Saturday’s result moved them nine points clear of second-placed Chelsea, with rivals United playing later in the day and Tottenham having lost at Arsenal.

Jesus gave City the lead a minute before the half-time break with a simple tap-in after a move that had sliced open the hosts’ defence.

De Bruyne then doubled their advantage just three minutes into the second period as he thumped home from 25 yards for his third league goal of a sparkling campaign.

The only blot on City’s copybook was the enforced first-half withdrawal of England defender John Stones, who pulled up holding his right hamstring.

David Silva and Jesus missed chances to extend City’s lead as the second half wore on, but two blistering attacks either side of half-time were enough to secure another impressive success.

Guardiola handed a first Premier League start since August 26 to Vincent Kompany, but the Belgian started sluggishly and was lucky not to be dismissed after just three minutes.

The 31-year-old hacked down Jamie Vardy as the England striker latched onto Vicente Iborra’s pass, but referee Graham Scott deemed Stones to be in a covering position and opted to give the City captain only a yellow card.

Kompany was involved again soon after, stretching well to divert Riyad Mahrez’s dangerous cross just wide of his own goal as the hosts continued to impress going forward.

City’s trademark swashbuckling approach was largely absent in the early stages, but a typically incisive move involving Fabian Delph and Leroy Sane resulted in Kasper Schmeichel tipping over Silva’s shot from just inside the penalty area.

Raheem Sterling was then only inches away from connecting with Sane’s fizzed cross as the visitors started to hit their stride.

City finished the half strongly as Silva thrashed over from the edge of the area before the Spaniard teed up Jesus for the opener. Sterling carved open the Foxes defence with a threaded pass into the path of Silva, who had the simple task of rolling it across the six-yard box for the Brazilian to grab his eighth league goal of the season.

Leicester’s positive approach at the start of the second period was nearly rewarded when Harry Maguire’s effort from a corner was deflected onto the post.

City took full advantage of that reprieve to deliver a stunning counter-attack, which resulted in Sane finding De Bruyne on the edge of the area for the former Chelsea man to unleash a superb left-footed strike into the roof of Schmeichel’s net.

Jesus was then denied his second just moments later as Schmeichel thwarted him from just six yards out and Silva once again fired over as his wait for a goal continued.

City comfortably kept Leicester at arm’s length in the final 20 minutes as the hosts desperately tried to find a way back into the game and were ultimately able to claim yet another three points at something approaching a canter.

Key Opta stats:

– Man City are only the second team to win their first six away games to a Premier League campaign, after Chelsea in 2008-09 (won their first eight).
– This is just the second time a Premier League side has won 34 points from their first 12 games of the season, with Man City also achieving this back in 2011-12.
– Leicester City have lost their last nine Premier League games against sides who started the day top of the table, conceding at least two goals each time.
– The Foxes failed to land a single shot on target in a Premier League game for the first time since October 2016 versus Chelsea.
– Kevin De Bruyne has now had a hand in 50 Premier League goals (16 goals, 34 assists). He has done this in 76 PL apps, which is the quickest by any out-and-out midfielder in the history of the competition.
– Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 20 goals in his 21 Premier League appearances (15 goals 5 assists).
– David Silva provided his 72nd assist in the Premier League, more than any other player since his debut

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Guardiola wants new centre-back but City can’t afford it

City have spent more than £120 million on full-backs alone heading into the 2017-18 Premier League season, signing Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo, as well as Bernardo Silva and Ederson.

With only Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi at his disposal centrally after the departure of Alexander Kolarov as Eliaquim Mangala reportedly nears an exit, Guardiola wants a new defender amid previous links with Leonardo Bonucci before his move to AC Milan, as well as Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

But the Spanish boss conceded there are currently not enough funds to facilitate the purchase of a centre-back as City also target Alexis Sanchez and Kylian Mbappe.

“I’m happy with John, Vinny and Nico. We are going to see,” Guardiola said. “We don’t have to much too spend more.

Walker ‘nervous’ to play under Guardiola after big-money move
Kyle Walker is excited and nervous to work under Pep Guardiola, but believes he is at the peak of his game after completing his record-breaking move to Manchester City from Tottenham Hotspur.

“We spent a lot because we didn’t have a lot of guys. If the market gives us a chance we are going to try.”

Guardiola said: “I was so happy with the squad we had last season. I’m happy with what we have.

“You never hear one bad word about the players. We made good things, played well, but missed situations in the box.

“We decided to buy players to reinforce the team.”

Guardiola’s City face Tottenham at the International Champions Cup on Saturday following their 4-1 rout of Spanish and European titleholders Real Madrid.