What a match we have for ourselves here tonight! I have (quietly and covertly) said Tottenham could really push for the title. This is Mourinho’s second season at the helm, they have elite players like Son and Kane, assaults in Hojbjerg, Alderweireld and Sissoko, rhythm in large areas, a bit of cunning … everything is in place for a strong Mourinho team.
Manchester City is a wonderful and confusing animal. They’re brilliant to watch but too easily fall into patterns the opposition can block, and when they play without intensity and warmth, they’re not quite the killer beast of their final title season. Without a fit striker they are not the same for sure, so it will be interesting to see if Gabriel Jesus is available for today’s game.
Mourinho vs Guardiola has always been a fascinating tactical battle and the same will hopefully be on display today. If Spurs were to win – which is entirely possible – they would move City eight points ahead in the table, which even at this early stage in the league is an advantage. 2020 has been a strange year.
One thing has not changed, however, is the professional aversion between the two former Barcelona colleagues in charge of the teams tonight.
“He has to go to the national team and Manchester City doctors,” Guardiola said of Mourinho asking why Sterling was taken from the England squad. “Except maybe Mourinho is a doctor, I don’t know.
“Listen, I’m not going to say anything about José. I told the doctor because he accused us of something we did that is not true. You got to talk 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 is heated. Mourinho almost certainly plays cool. WHO WILL BE VICTORIOUS? As long as the answer is “our eyes” after a fascinating scoring festival, we’ll all be happy.
The kickoff is 5:30 p.m. and you can read the live updates here in our live blog with me, JJ Bull. I will be doing a live analysis with diagrams and Opta data to back it up.