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Fernandinho says Tottenham test will be "very difficult" for Manchester City

The Brazilian star is not taking Spurs for granted

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Tottenham Hotspur will present the toughest test of the season yet for Manchester City, who face a Spurs side that is unbeaten in the Premier League and will create a very difficult atmosphere at White Hart Lane and try to end City's perfect start to the campaign.

Pep Guardiola's side is yet to lose this season, but had a 3-3 draw against Celtic that brought up some worrying signs, especially on defense. Spurs are a great attacking team that will definitely take advantage of any chances the Sky Blues give by playing poorly at the back.

One of the most important players in City's defensive system, holding midfielder Fernandinho, is well aware of the opponent's firepower. The Brazilian was at the Lane last season when Spurs scored four against the Citizens, and one of the best players in the Citizens' perfect start to the league campaign knows that could happen again because of the opponent's quality.

Fernandinho wants his team to be focused on Spurs and look for a victory on Sunday, and praised Mauricio Pochettino's side ahead of the big game:

“It’s going to be very difficult because last year they played very good at home, finished in the first three positions in the league and they have a lot of quality players who run a lot. They don’t have Harry Kane in their team but they have other players who can do the same job.

"We just need to do our job and play in the same way and of course, try to get the three points.

“The next game is always the toughest in every season. It’s also the most important because we have learnt from the past so we have to be prepared for what Spurs can do.

“Before the international break it is always difficult because players might start to think about their national teams already but they have to think about Spurs first.

“In the Premier League you need to try to win every game if you are going to stay at the top of the table."