Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino doubts Manchester City will be eyeing revenge ahead of this afternoon’s showdown in the Premier League.
Spurs ended City’s hopes of winning an unprecedented quadruple this season by knocking them out of the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals mid-week at the Etihad Stadium.
Now Pep Guardiola’s side will play host to Spurs in the Premier League this time around as they look to grab a vital three points in pursuit of retaining their crown.
City, who are locked in a tight battle with Liverpool for the league title, can still win the treble with an FA Cup final against Watford awaiting them next month. They won the Carabao Cup in February following a penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea at Wembley.
Therefore, Pochettino doubts revenge will be on the agenda for City.
“Not revenge. For sure, they are going to move on like us from the Champions League to the Premier League,” said Pochettino, according to Sky Sports.
“They are going to fight for a massive thing which is to win the Premier League and the principal challenge is to win the Premier League for them.”
Spurs sit in third place in the league table, but just a point above Chelsea in fifth as they seek to qualify for Champions League football for the fourth time in a row.
But the injured Harry Kane and Harry Winks remain sidelined, while Moussa Sissoko is a big doubt after damaging his groin on Wednesday.
“Now for us, we need to think that we must be in the top four next season and that is our challenge and it is going to be tough,” continued Pochettino.
“It is made difficult as our circumstances are not the best. They have nearly all players fit and we need to assess players.
“We will miss some players that are so important and we need to think how we are going to mix.
“But, for sure, we need to be sure that we are going to be ready to fight them and challenge them and it will be tough.
“They are not going to fight for revenge. Of course, they will try to win the game as they need the three points like us.”
The City and Spurs match will begin at 13:30 (CEST).