Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Pochettino has done an 'extraordinary' job at Tottenham - Guardiola

Pochettino has done an 'extraordinary' job at Tottenham - Guardiola

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Manchester City to ease to a thumping 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at The Etihad in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.

Liverpool finished as runners-up by just one point to Manchester City last season and are expected to challenge again, though former United defender Neville reckons his old side will win the title before their Merseyside rivals.

Pochettino's Spurs inflicted Guardiola's first defeat as City manager in October 2016 while they also knocked the Premier League winners out of last season's Champions League at the quarter-final stage.

'When he's in front of the goal, he puts it in the net, ' said the City boss. "I'm not going to deprive Stephen of players when I'm not going to use them", said McCarthy. This is one of those games.

Mauricio Pochettino's side won the first leg 1-0 and went through via away goals after losing 4-3 at the Etihad Stadium in a insane encounter. It is a judgement of where his team is at.

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Benjamin Mendy has been a regular patient of Dr Cugat's since he joined City in 2017 and Guardiola is eager to see the France full-back - now recovering from a knee injury - maintain his fitness heading into his third season at the club.

"Christian Eriksen came off the bench last week and helped, but do they change the system or format?"

At his prematch news conference on Friday, Guardiola heaped more praise on Pochettino and when asked to evaluate the job the Argentinian has done in North London, Guardiola said: "About Tottenham, I think my colleague can speak better about his team".

"If I'm not going to play them against Switzerland, they will travel with Stephen. Man City, with Sterling having scored a hat-trick away from home, are mind-blowing".

It included two in the Champions League semi-final against Saturday's opponents Tottenham in May, although Sterling was denied an injury-time victor by a VAR offside decision.

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