Pep Guardiola really likes Tottenham Hotspur. Really.
The Manchester City manager spoke to the media on Friday to preview Sunday's Premier League clash with Spurs at White Hart Lane, the toughest test of the season yet for Pep's team. Tottenham have been one of the best teams in the Premier League since Mauricio Pochettino took over the side, playing attacking football with loads of intensity and goals.
Guardiola praised all of those qualities, and is clearly looking forward to visiting the Lane for the first time in his managerial career:
“I played against Pochettino as a player and then as a coach. I think he’s one of the best managers in the world - I enjoy watching Tottenham.
“He’s doing an amazing job in London at Spurs. The way they play I like a lot - they’re aggressive and have a lot of quality. The basis of the team is the national team with Alli, Walker, Kane - they have a lot of quality. Last season they were there until the last couple of games for the Championship.
“This year they’re playing at a high level - they’re in second position so it will be a tough game and I’m looking forward to going to White Hart Lane for the first time in my life. We will try and do our job.
“All of the fans who like football and watch football can enjoy it - they’re proactive, not reactive.
“There are many teams who wait to see what you do and then react - they don’t wait to see what they’re going to do. They want to create their own game. That’s why I like them. When I saw the last game against CSKA, against Liverpool, against Middlesbrough, I like what I’m watching.”
Whether or not that's some serious reverse-jinx from Guardiola, it seems like he does enjoy to watch Spurs play. He's not the only one. Tottenham's an excelent team, and they might just be the team who beats Pep's City for the first time.