The rivalry between managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will resume when Tottenham hosts Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
In 23 meetings, Guardiola has beaten Mourinho 10 times in all competitions—making him the winningest manager against the Portuguese boss.
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Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
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The match comes just days after Guardiola signed a two-year contract extension to stay with City through the end of the 2022-23 season. He is in his fifth season with the English club, which sits in 10th place in the Premier League. City is coming off a 1–1 draw against Liverpool before the international break.
Many speculated if Guardiola’s extension meant Lionel Messi could possibly join City next year. Messi was first linked to the club after he put in a transfer request at Barcelona this offseason. The 33-year-old chose to stay with Barca, and Guardiola said he wants Messi to finish his career there.
Tottenham is in its first full season under Mourinho. After losing their season opener to Everton, the Spurs have dominated the league with five wins and two draws to be in second.
The club is only one point behind leaders Leicester City thanks to Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min’s strong early season form. Son has tallied eight goals and two assists, while Kane has seven goals and eight assists. Kane scored his 150th Premier League goal in the Spurs’ last outing—a 1–0 win over West Brom on Nov. 8.
Manchester City are back in Premier League action, boosted by this week’s news that Pep Guardiola has signed a new contract.
Guardiola has committed his future to City until 2023, but insisted his challenge is to simply win the next game when discussing any longer-term goals. City need to beat Spurs to climb the table and get closer to the early pacesetters, while Jose Mourinho’s men can go top with a win of their own – something they achieved the last time these two sides met.
City could welcome back Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling to their squad after injury, but Fernandinho and Nathan Ake are definitely out.
The build-up to this match has seen Guardiola respond to pre-match suggestions from Mourinho that Sterling’s injury, picked up on international duty with England, might not have been as serious as first thought. Guardiola refused to get too drawn in to a debate, but directed Mourinho to talk to the England and City doctors, rather than make any assumptions.
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