What a match we have for ourselves here this evening! I’ve (quietly and secretly) said that Tottenham could genuinely push for the title. It’s Mourinho’s second season in charge, they have elite players like Son and Kane, aggression in Hojbjerg, Alderweireld and Sissoko, pace in wide areas, a bit of cunning… everything is in place for a solid Mourinho team.
Manchester City are a confusing, wonderful animal. They are brilliant to watch but too easily fall into patterns that the opposition can block, and when they play without intensity and heat aren’t quite the all-destroying beast of their last title winning season. Without a fit striker they aren’t the same for sure, so it’ll be interesting to see if Gabriel Jesus is available for today’s match.
Mourinho vs Guardiola has always been a fascinating tactical battle and the same will be on show today, hopefully. If Spurs sneak a win – which is entirely possible – they would move eight points clear of City in the table, which even at this early stage in the league is an advantage. 2020 has been a weird year.
One thing hasn’t changed though, and that is the professional dislike between the two former Barcelona colleagues in charge of the teams tonight.
“He has to go to the doctors of the national team and Manchester City,” said Guardiola about Mourinho querying why Sterling was pulled out of the England squad. “Except maybe Mourinho is a doctor, I don’t know.
“Listen, I’m not going to answer anything about José. I said the doctor because he accused us of something we have done that is not true. You have to speak to the doctors about these other things, don’t ask me. I’m almost 50, I’m old enough to understand…”
It’s hot. Guardiola’s heated. Mourinho is almost certainly playing it cool. WHO WILL EMERGE VICTORIOUS? As long as the answer is ‘our eyes’ after a fascinating goal-fest then we’ll all be happy.
Kick off is 5:30pm and you can read live updates right here in our live blog with me, JJ Bull. I’ll do some live analysis with diagrams and Opta data to support.