Manchester City’s record-breaking winning run will count for nothing when they take to the field against Tottenham on Saturday, Pep Guardiola has warned.
City set a new best mark for an English top-flight club in midweek when a 3-1 FA Cup fifth-round triumph at Swansea City marked a 15th successive victory across all competitions.
Guardiola’s side are five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand on their nearest rivals.
Spurs were the last team to defeat City, prevailing 2-0 last November – 23 matches ago.
Jose Mourinho’s men are chasing a third consecutive win over their weekend opponents and Guardiola is taking nothing for granted.
“It’s nice to make a good run but it is the consequence of thinking game by game,” he said, with trips to Everton and Arsenal also on the agenda for City over the next nine days.
“The statistics are nice, but statistics don’t help you to win the next one.
“We are not unbeatable. The 15 games in a row winning doesn’t help us to start 2-0 in the next game.
“It’s nice, it’s good, it helps us to be where we are in the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Premier League, but we have to start again tomorrow. It’s an important week against three incredibly strong teams.
“From our game when we played there, we have to imagine what we have to do to play better and beat them.”
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Guardiola expects to have influential central defender Ruben Dias back in contention after he missed the Swansea game through illness, while holding midfielder Rodri is back in training after limping off during the second half at the Liberty Stadium.
Sergio Aguero could also make his return after a bout of coronavirus, with Fernandinho (thigh), Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne (both hamstring) the only definite absentees confirmed by Guardiola.
The City boss was named Premier League Manager of the Month on Friday, with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan collecting the Player of the Month award.
Germany international Gundogan has hit a rich vein of form in front of goal and a brace in last Sunday’s 4-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield took him to 11 for the season in all competitions – making this already the most prolific campaign of the 30-year-old’s career.
“I’m happy for him. Lots of goals, lots of minutes, lots of good actions – it’s more than well deserved,” Guardiola said.