Pellegrini says it won't be as easy to beat Spurs this season
Tottenham Hotspur are a different proposition to last season’s whipping boys.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini does not expect to hand them another Premier League drubbing at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Oct 18).
Champions Manchester City hammered Spurs by an aggregate of 11-1 over the two league encounters last season, downing the north Londoners 6-0 at the Etihad before cruising to a 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane.
But with Spurs appointing former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager during the close season, Pellegrini expects a closer contest this time round.
"I am sure it’s a different Tottenham," the Chilean told a news conference on Friday (Oct 17).
"Last year it was one of the best games we played (away at Spurs), but we know we can't score five or six goals every time we play them...Pochettino is a very good manager and we know it will be a difficult game."
"He's a young manager who has been very successful and his teams are creative and always play good football. This game is not linked to last season. It's a new season and a different moment."