Pep Guardiola’s had a rough week time of it. Without taking away too much from Jose Mourinho’s men, City looked to be carrying baggage from getting thumped by Liverpool.
The loss against Manchester Unired hit a low point when Pep Guardiola was sent to the stands for snarling and getting himself generally overwrought with the officials.
With that result trimming their advantage to 13 points, Guardiola’s side now need to find another two victories from their remaining six games to put top spot beyond United.
Should they fail to get one of them against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday, United would then have the chance to eat further into their lead as they play on Sunday and Wednesday.
The City boss speaking to PA Sport wasn’t completely ruling out further disaster: “In football it can happen, of course it can, I assure you,” said Guardiola when asked if City could yet feel the pressure of a challenge from United.
“Real Madrid, years ago (in 2004), lost six games (from seven) and didn’t win the league. Never before in the NBA had one team in the finals recovered from 3-1 down, and two years ago (Cleveland) Cavaliers beat Golden State Warriors 4-3. They won three games in a row.
“My feeling is now that United will win a lot of points because they are in a good shape and have top players. They are able to win their games, all six.”
Unbeaten in 14 Premier League games now, Spurs have only lost one of their last five league meetings with Manchester City, and have won the last two home matches. The Lilywhite’s form appears excellent from every angle.
The focus this evening is upon Spurs to inflict further damage. Fingers crossed Harry Kane has his best pair of goal theft boots on.