Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Tottenham are ‘the second best team in Europe’.
Spurs travel to Manchester to face the Premier League champions this weekend, with the clash set to be the latest meeting in a growing rivalry between two of English football’s leading sides.
City completed a double over Spurs in the Premier League last season before suffering a dramatic defeat in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Man City boss Guardiola is anticipating yet another tough encounter against Saturday’s visitors, with the Spaniard saying that the North London outfit are the ‘second best team in Europe’ after they ultimately finished as runners-up to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final in Madrid.
“Since I came here to England, Spurs have been a real contender every season,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“The first season they finished second… they’ve always been there. They’re the second best team in Europe.”
Guardiola also lavished praise on his opposite number, Mauricio Pochettino.
“I can’t say anything against Tottenham’s quality, capacity and the possibilities of the team,” Guardiola added.
“They are a strong team, a good team. Pochettino has done an overwhelming job, extraordinary, I don’t know if Pochintto receives so many compliments from other managers but I have said it many times before.
“My opinion of his is high standards, he is a top, top manager.”
Fernandinho could return to the City line-up this weekend having missed their opening win at West Ham, whilst Sergio Aguero could start having come off the substitutes bench at the London Stadium.
Tottenham are still without the injured Dele Alli, whilst Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth remain suspended. Summer signing Giovani Lo Celso could feature, having completed his first full week of training since joining from Real Betis.