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Tottenham are title contenders under Mourinho – Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed Tottenham are title contenders under Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham sit second in the Premier League after a seven game unbeaten run since their 1-0 loss to Everton on the opening weekend. They faced Manchester City on Saturday and in a pre-match press conference the Citizens boss praised the work his compatriot is doing in north London.

“He’s done really good, as always in all the clubs he’s managed,” Guardiola told reporters.

“The numbers speak for themselves. They dropped points against West Ham and Newcastle in the last minute – imagine the points if they hadn’t.

“They are contenders. The quality they’ve got is always there. They qualified for the Champions League for four or five years and reached the final.

“They have been a good team since Pochettino took over. It is a fantastic squad.”

Friday marked exactly a year since Mourinho succeeded Pochettino as Spurs boss. Victory against City will be the first time Spurs have won four consecutive games since February 2019 when the Argentine was still in charge.

Mourinho has lost 10 of his 24 managerial meetings with Guardiola in all competitions – more than he has suffered against any other coach but a win on Saturday would take his side top of the league.

City have lost their two meetings with Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in all competitions, including a 2-0 defeat in last season’s corresponding fixture and Mourinho will hope his side can secure another victory to enhance their title chances.

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