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Jose Mourinho Plays Down Title Talk, Pep Guardiola Rues Lack of Goals

Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Jose Mourinho talked down his workforce’s probabilities of being title contenders after a 2-Zero win over Manchester City despatched the North London membership high of the Premier League on Saturday. It is the primary time since August, 2014 that Spurs finish the day high of the desk and the primary time they’ve carried out so after at the very least 9 top-flight video games since 1985.

But Mourinho, at all times a supervisor cautious of making stress, performed down the importance of their two-point benefit over subsequent week’s opponents Chelsea. “It feels good (to be top), but maybe tomorrow we are second again and honestly that would not be a problem for me, I am just happy with the evolution,” he stated within the information {that a} Leicester City win at Liverpool on Sunday would ship the Foxes above Spurs.

“People cannot expect us to come here and after one season we are fighting for the title. We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to win every match. But we are going to lose matches, we are going to draw matches,” he stated. “Dinner tonight will be nice and relaxed and I will watch Atletico Madrid v Barcelona and sleep like an angel. But no problem if Leicester wins and we are second again,” he stated.

The Portuguese, nevertheless, couldn’t disguise his satisfaction at an completed efficiency from his facet. “Big team, big hearts, big solidarity, a proper team, a team that I believe makes Tottenham fans proud. Players going to the limits of their energy, sacrifice for the game plan, coping well with let’s say a new pressure of ‘If you win the match, you go top of the league for a 24 hours’. I’m very proud. They deserve big applause and lots of respect,” he stated.

City, who’re 10th, have a unfavourable objective distinction after scoring solely 10 objectives in 9 video games, 17 lower than at this stage final season. “The stats speak for themselves,” stated supervisor Pep Guardiola. “We were better in many departments but we didn’t score. The team defended so deep and were waiting for a mistake. We found some moments but the reality is we are struggling to score goals this season. That can happen,” he stated.

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