Premier League City face Tottenham on Saturday
Pep Guardiola will come up against Jose Mourinho for the 25th time in his managerial career on Saturday evening as Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur, yet the Catalan doesn’t think they have changed much since their first match-up.
The two developed a rivalry on the benches while Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona and Mourinho was at Inter, and this went to another level once the Portuguese was appointed at Real Madrid. In recent years, however, the rivalry between the two has not been as fervent as it once was, despite Guardiola seeing some similarities to their earlier battles.
“We’re pretty much the same [than we were back in 2009],” Guardiola said during Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“It means that we have been working many years so it is good for both of us. We do the job we love, and they are a good contender.”
Manchester City have won their last 15 games in all competitions and are on a 22-game unbeaten run, dating all the way back to November 21, when Spurs beat the Citizens 2-0 in north London. Guardiola is clear that City need to play better than they did that day.
“It’s a coincidence. We lost because they were better,” he admitted.
“They were better in many aspects. Spurs‘ quality showed more than our qualities and that is why they beat us. They are a strong team and we have to do better to beat them.”