The match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League will be the main match on Saturday night, February 19, 2022. City manager Pep Guardiola does not want to underestimate Tottenham, which has a negative trend by swallowing three consecutive defeats.
In his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said that Tottenham’s poor record made tonight’s match even more difficult. According to him, the White Lilies troops will actually have additional motivation to rise.
The Spaniard also considered the poor results experienced by Tottenham at this time as normal. According to him, the change of coach from Nuno Espirito Santo to Antonio Conte in the middle of the season is not an easy thing to do.
“This is a problem for us,” said Guardiola.
“It’s very difficult for a top class team to accept four defeats in a row. They have quality up front and at the moment they are working on a process.”
Playing every three days, they need time and football doesn’t give that. Every manager needs time to convince his players.”
Pep Guardiola also praised the quality of Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte. He recalled their first meeting in the 2016-17 season. At that time, Conte, who was in charge of Chelsea twice, beat Manchester City.
He considered the changes Conte made at Chelsea by playing five defenders at that time to be extraordinary.
“He came (to Chelsea) and the impact was very clear. In the past, a lot of teams played with five at the back before everyone switched to back four. He came and the world of football followed him. All teams want to play like that because he was the manager of the team that won the league when that,” said Guardiola.
“He won the league fantastically. He played his system, 5-4-1 or 5-3-2.”
Pep Guardiola deserves to be worried about tonight’s game. Because his record meeting with Antonio Conte is indeed balanced. The two coaches have recorded four meetings with each bagging two wins.
In addition, at the first meeting of the season, Tottenham Hotspur also managed to beat Manchester City with a score of 1-0. At that time Tottenham was still being handled by Nuno Espirito Santo.
The English Premier League match between Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur will take place on Saturday night local time or early Sunday, February 20, 2022