De Bruyne: Man City targeting titles, not unbeaten season

De Bruyne: Man City targeting titles, not unbeaten season

Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham lost to "the best team in England" after going down 4-1 to Manchester City, but hopes his players learn valuable lessons from the heavy defeat.

Eager to give Spurs something to think about at the other end, Guardiola sent on Jesus for Sergio Aguero, who tossed his gloves to the ground in disgust as he made his way off.

They will face a sterner test on Saturday at home to a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur, but Guardiola is relishing the prospect of facing a rival team whose approach to the game chimes with his own. City weathered the storm, though, and restricted them to a few half-chances.

But, while Guardiola is delighted with City's form, the Spaniard says he is more impressed by the way his team are willing to do the dirty work required to succeed at the highest level. "If we win all our games, we win the title, so if you put it that way, it's ours to lose", said the 23-year-old in an interview with BBC Sport's Football Focus.

"First of all, our idea is always to try to dominate, play in the way that we want and try to play in the opposite half - and then it's football and anything can happen". I see what they do and I have a lot of respect for Tottenham.

Manchester City's Kyle Walker (pic: Martin Rickett/PA Images).

But while the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach believes they still have levels to climb to, he insists that City can not go through the season unbeaten in the Premier League.

"We're not anxious. We know how our project is and who we are, and in the end we try to develop our project not only thinking about today and tomorrow, but thinking long-term", the Argentine said.

"So far, no-one can stop Manchester City, that is true", Pochettino stated at his pre-match press conference on Friday as he continued, "They are having a fantastic season and they deserve all the praise".

When it was suggested that some players might want success now, Pochettino said: "Exactly, that is the problem".

"It may be completely different than other teams, where the most important thing is to win today".

"You can feel in the atmosphere after the Brighton game that they're so excited. We are winners and we need to feel we can beat them".

"When I dropped points in those games, people said finally they have finished the run and I said you have to talk about what we've done", Guardiola said. "Of course for us it's a tough game but in the same way a fantastic challenge and an exciting game".