Man City boss Guardiola: De Bruyne can handle Wembley pitch

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For those that watched Manchester City's extraordinary documentary on Amazon Prime, fans of the game will understand that Guardiola likes to use his full squad and with injuries always an occurrence, players on the fringes need to be ready to step in should they be needed. It's the worst. But it's the best start ever for the club in the Premier League.

Spurs have scored five from set pieces so far this season and if they can keep things tight, compact and gain territory with their attacking play there is every chance a free-kick can be turned into three points.

"It wasn't the plan but we need to accept the reality", Pochettino said. Though disappointment came in a Champions League quarter-final defeat to Liverpool and FA Cup fifth-round exit at the hands of League One side Wigan Athletic.

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen looked crestfallen after a setback they worked so hard to avert and then there was manager Mauricio Pochettino, who could have been forgiven for wondering if he had just witnessed the beginning of the end of his Tottenham dream.

"We hope that he will be available for Monday but I am not sure".

Heading to London, Manchester City remain unbeaten in six Premier League fixtures in the capital, winning four in a row while Tottenham Hotspur hold an impressive Monday Night Football record of winning seven and drawing two in their previous nine on the weeknight.

"The season so far, it's odd because my feeling is the worst I've had in the five years that I've been here", he added.

"I think he is already a top coach", Guardiola added.

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Given the tightness in points at the top of the table, Guardiola also sees this as a game City can ill afford to lose.

"We have a lot of focus and you know very well when you are competing with sides like we are in the Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others", he said.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola says the progress made by Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side have proved him wrong.

"Many things happened in the summer, there are many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour".

Announced as the incoming Manchester City manager midway through the 2015/16 season, Guardiola officially took charge in July 2016.

"The circumstance that happened in the last years, I think the club is not focused completely in winning titles or winning games", Pochettino admitted.

"Of course it's easy to see (over) the last few years how we have acted in the market and how others acted". Going by that metric, Benjamin Mendy is the most risky player City have, with the left-back (who actually plays as more of a left winger) having assisted five goals this season.

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