Wembley pitch left in dire state for Tottenham vs Manchester City

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he'll play Kevin de Bruyne against Tottenham at Wembley on Monday. Southampton is then next at home - the same points than against Tottenham.

The trip to White Hart Lane, however, was a reality check for the Catalan as Spurs executed a flawless pressing game to inflict City's first defeat of the season and Guardiola's first defeat in English football.

"I don't have doubt about that". But, I've seen Tottenham a lot and they've shown a lot of character to grind results out because they struggle - really struggle to get that second goal to kill teams off.

"I like that, after what happened in Manchester at the arena, now it is a song for the people".

Guardiola started his senior managerial career with Barcelona and after winning everything with the Catalans, Pep Guardiola moved to Bayern Munich.

"These are important. I don't know what's happened in the past but it's true that the strong teams are making a lot of points, they are not dropping points easily".

The 46-year-old Argentine believes Spurs are "not showing that level to be a real contender" even though they would leapfrog the defending champions if they beat them at Wembley.

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"When you add new players and some players leave, it is easy to refresh the squad and to have a different challenge".

Manchester City, on the other hand, became the first Premier League club to win at Shakhtar Donetsk after the Eastlands outfit were 3-0 winners in Ukraine on Tuesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela (left) and West Ham United's Declan Rice battle for the ball during the Premier League match (pic: Victoria Jones/PA Images).

"That's why maybe the games against the contenders are becoming so important".

Tottenham have made their best-ever start to the Premier League season after collecting 21 points from their opening nine games. We've started with three games away against them.

A victory for Spurs, however, completely disrupts the dynamic as well as the status quo as Spurs would go above City in the table, pushing City down to 5th provided the rest of the top 5 win their matches.

He also admits that the uncertainty surrounding their new stadium and the changes they needed to make to play at Wembley this season have also been a bit disruptive. When you win, he doesn't win. "That we had 100 points is because we were focused on all the games". We hope the weather will be good and it doesn't kill the pitch and we play in good conditions.