Jose Mourinho & Pep Guardiola laughing

Jose Mourinho plays down his rivalry with Pep Guardiola ahead of Tottenham vs Man City

Tottenham vs Man City

Sunday’s late Premier League kick-off will see two heavyweights going head-to-head, as Tottenham play host to Manchester City.

The tie will likely be significantly more important to Spurs, as they are still in the battle for a top-four spot.

The Lilywhites began the weekend’s action six points adrift of 4th placed Chelsea, but so did Manchester United and Wolves, meaning any dropped points for the north London outfit will likely prove a huge blow to their hunt for Champions League football.

Spurs have won just one of their last five PL ties heading into the City game.

Meanwhile, the Sky Blues are undefeated in five, but with Liverpool starting Saturday 19 points ahead of them at the top of the table, Man City don’t really have an awful lot to play for in the league now.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho looks on ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Mourinho vs Guardiola

Sunday’s tie will also be the first meeting between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola since Mourinho took over as Spurs boss.

Guardiola and Mourinho are arguably two of the best managers to grace European football, and have collected a plethora of trophies between them.

The pair have also had a fairly entertaining rivalry over the years, including when Mourinho was Man United manager.

However, ahead of Sunday’s game, Mourinho looks to be trying to play down the rivalry between himself and Guardiola.

When asked about looking back on his rivalry with the Spaniard, Mourinho instead tried to shift focus on to the time they spent working together at Barcelona:

“With him nothing. With him I remember more the three years we fought on the same side, working together at the same club. 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. 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.” As quoted by football.london.

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