Mauricio Pochettino stated that Tottenham Hotspur is a bigger club to that of Manchester City as both the sides prepare for a crunch clash at Etihad.
Spurs are back into title contention this term as they sit second in the Premier league table, 7 points behind rivals Chelsea.
Both the managers have faced each other when Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona while the Argentine managed Espanyol.
But Mauricio Pochettino believes that he has the upper hand in England calling his side to be bigger than Manchester City.
“[In Spain] the gap was massive, massive. Now, historically Tottenham is bigger than Manchester City. The fans are bigger at Tottenham,” Pochettino said.
“You can compare in Spain. Between Espanyol and Barcelona, you can measure the gap. Here, it’s too difficult to measure the gap. It’s a completely different world.”
But Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Pep Guardiola has nothing to prove given his previous successes.
“It means nothing for City to lose to Everton. It does not change my admiration or my thoughts about him. Sometimes you can win, you can lose. That is the game,” he said.
“He needs time. He’s in a position that is still that they can win titles. And he only has to wait.”
“He doesn’t need to show his quality, his real quality as a coach and how he manages the team. He’s shown enough at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”
“Sometimes it’s about managing expectations. You cannot win titles after a few months. You need to wait until the end. And I’m sure Guardiola will fight with Manchester City at the end for big things.”