Video: Mauricio Pochettino pleased with Spurs' battling spirit at Man City

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Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with his side’s battling spirit but says Tottenham cannot compete with Manchester City off the field after the sides drew 2-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus was denied a last-gasp winner by VAR as Tottenham snatched a remarkable point against the Premier League champions.

The Brazilian looked to have claimed a deserved victory for City right at the death but his late strike was ruled out for a handball by Aymeric Laporte.

City twice led after Kevin De Bruyne created goals for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero in the first half with pinpoint crosses. However, they were cancelled out by Erik Lamela and, with his first touch as a substitute, Lucas Moura.


“I think the team, or the squad, is still uncertain. I think we need to wait until the transfer window in Europe closes to see which player we are going to have,” said Spurs boss Pochettino after the result.








“And of course, that is not easy, never easy. And we will face today the last Premier League winner. The last two seasons they were winning. They are a very consistent team, improving every season. Signing players that came from different team that were winning like Cancelo from Juventus.


“We are in a different process. That is why we cannot compare both teams. The most important is the fight and the belief that we showed today and the character.”



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Diogo Jota would not swap Wolves captain Conor Coady for Man United's Harry Maguire

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Jota would not swap captain Coady (c) for Harry Maguire.

Wolves forward Diogo Jota insists he would not swap captain Conor Coady for £80million Harry Maguire.

The Portuguese has backed his team-mate’s quality ahead of Manchester United‘s visit to Molineux on Monday.

Maguire helped United keep their first clean sheet since February in their opening 4-0 win over Chelsea after becoming the world’s most expensive defender when he moved from Leicester earlier this month.

Fellow centre-back Coady, meanwhile, has been a focal point in Wolves’ rise from the Championship to the Europa League and, despite Maguire’s record-breaking transfer, Jota is siding with his skipper.

Asked if he would swap Maguire for Coady or any of the other Wolves defenders, Jota said: “That is some question. I think Harry Maguire has a lot of quality but I know the players that we have in our team and I trust them.”

England international Maguire was one of three summer recruits by United, along with Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men look to improve on a largely disappointing 2018/19 campaign.

Jota added: “It (the £80m fee) is hard to explain. The market is unreal now in my opinion. But nothing to do with me, it is to do with the clubs and it is the moment we are living. We just have to respect that amount.

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“It’s a new season. Solskjaer has had more time to work with his players, he’s made his own changes.

“In the transfer market they’ve tried to improve their team so we know it’s going to be very hard for us. We have to understand that we will face a very big team.”

Jota scored in Wolves’ two home wins over United last season when they dumped them out of the FA Cup just weeks before a 2-1 league victory.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side finished seventh, nine points behind sixth-placed United, last term as they qualified for Europe for the first time since 1980.

But despite being tipped to try to crack the top six Jota remained cautious about making predictions.

“I think it is too soon about the final classification. We got seventh place it’s true but it is very hard to get it again,” said the 22-year-old.

“We have loads of teams that spend more money than us, trying to achieve that position.

“So we have to realise it’s not going to be easy to get seventh. We go game by game and in the end we will see.”

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang confident that Arsenal can fight for top-four this season

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is confident that Arsenal can fight for the top-four thanks to reinforcements added their squad ahead of the 2019/20 season.

The Gabon international hit the winning goal for the second time in a week as Arsenal beat Burnley to make it two victories from two in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners won 1-0 at Newcastle on the opening weekend courtesy of an Aubameyang strike and he proved the difference again as Burnley were beaten 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

The 30-year-old was pleased with his team’s performance and believes they are confident ahead of their trip to Liverpool to face the European champions next week.

“I think we started well today and I think it’s good to start like this, with two wins, before we go to Liverpool. We feel confident, we feel good,” he told BT Sport.

“That was important because we played at home. I’m happy today.”

Aubameyang added: “I think we feel stronger.

“Players like David [Luiz], Dani Ceballos, they came here and now we feel stronger. I feel sure we can fight for the top four.”

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