Wembley Stadium pitch looks near unplayable ahead of Spurs vs

Pep Guardiola feels Manchester City still lack

Pep Guardiola feels Manchester City still lack"something special when it comes to Champions League football

The Wembley pitch took another battering in Sunday's Eagles-Jaguars NFL match as the ground staff attempt to improve its condition ahead of Monday night's clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

The similarities between the teams are there for all to see, both Pochettino and Guardiola's teams are heavily reliant on their wide players, with both sets of fullbacks regularly bombing up and down the pitch.

"It is what it is. We have to adapt quickly and try to figure it out".

Spurs' form in the Champions League may be suffering, with only one point gained from their opening three games in the group stage, but they have been promising in the Premier League, where they sat fifth and just two points off the top of the table going into this weekend's games.

While Spurs, without hitting the heights, have doggedly kept in touch with the Premier League elite this season, Wednesday's 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven left their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.

But Guardiola knows much sterner tests lie in wait for City, starting against a Tottenham side who have made their best start to a Premier League season. "We had 100 points because we were focused on all the games".

"We have a lot of (other things to focus on) and you know very well when you are competing with sides like we are competing with in the Champions League and Premier League the most important thing is to fight with the same conditions".

Recent history would suggest that Freddie might be eating humble pie on Monday night as Man City head to Tottenham for a massive game and most are expecting the Citizens to claim the three points. Also important to note is how an attacking midfielder drops in to fill the space vacated by the deeper man, giving them a spare man in midfield as well, Eriksen doing this to great effect in the Spurs side - David Silva in City. It's my first defeat [in his opening season] and I know how strong they are.

Lambo added: 'It'll be hard for Pep Guardiola's side to play their style of football (after we've played on the pitch), the way that they want to play'.

Former Ireland global Gary Breen joined Off the Ball on Saturday to cast his eye over this weekend's Premier League action. But, again, that competition is special.

"I think he is already a top coach", Guardiola added. They are the basis of the English national team. "They have everything to be there [in the title race]".

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