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Pochettino says Spurs are relishing clash with high-flying Man City

Pochettino says Spurs are relishing clash with high-flying Man City
From ESPN - December 13, 2017

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino is relishing the prospect of facing Manchester City after his team returned to the top four on the same evening their rivals set a new record with a 15th consecutive Premier League win.

Spurs were uninspired at Wembley but gradually ground Brighton down through Serge Aurier's fortunate cross-come-shot and Son Hueng-Min's late header, to secure the 2-0 victory that took them up to fourth.

City's 4-0 win at Swansea maintained their 11-point lead at the top and provided the latest demonstration of their exceptional quality, and even though they host Spurs on Saturday, Pochettino is unconcerned about their fine form.

That his team secured a third-straight victory despite performing below their best and the fit-again Erik Lamela started his first competitive fixture since October 2016 provided the manager with further positives.

The three points also came after the 45-year-old started with Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli on the bench, though he bristled at questions surrounding whether the latter may have been unhappy at that decision.

"We are going to Manchester thinking we can win,'' the manager said. "We are going to enjoy it, because it's a fantastic challenge to play against Manchester City. They are the best team in England and one of the best in Europe.

"I am so excited to play, because I love to play against teams and managers like [Pep] Guardiola, that are the best. I am so motivated and so happy that we are going to play a team at their best.

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