Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola yesterday aimed a not-so-subtle jab at Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, following his side’s victory over Chelsea.
The Citizens came away from Stamford Bridge yesterday evening with an impressive 1-0 victory, courtesy of a goal from Kevin De Bruyne.
The win kept City level with Manchester rivals United atop the Premier League table, with both clubs having dropped just two points from their opening 7 fixtures in the English top-flight.
The Mourinho effect
Following his side’s statement of intent at Chelsea, Pep Guardiola was questioned on his side’s competition for the Premier League crown, with the Spaniard singling out United and Tottenham as threats.
On the Red Devils, Guardiola mused:
‘We have United. Jose with United will always be tough.’
The former Barcelona boss’ comments on Manchester United will hardly have raised any eyebrows, with the Old Trafford outfit looking a major force to this point in the season.
Guardiola’s comments on Spurs, however, will likely have ruffled a few feathers among the capital club’s supporters, with the 46-year-old having suggested, in a less than subtle manner, that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are a one-man outfit.
He labelled the North Londonders:
‘the Harry Kane team who scores every game 2 or 3 goals.’
While Harry Kane is unquestionably Tottenham’s most important player, and has been on fire for the past four weeks, Guardiola’s jibe seems disrespectful towards the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Moussa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris, who will no doubt all feel as though they have a point to prove when the two sides meet at the Etihad on the 16th of December.