"Because we play one of the best teams in Europe and the world".
Most of Pochettino's key players had next to no recovery time after playing deep into the World Cup in Russian Federation while Tottenham have played six of their opening nine games away, albeit winning five of them.
"The season so far?" said Mauricio Pochettino as he considered the question.
The Argentine has led the club to three successive top-three finishes, but Spurs look set to exit the Champions League at the group stage for the second time in three years after taking one point from their opening three games.
"My admiration for Marcelo Bielsa is huge because he makes the players much, much better", said Guardiola early past year as Pochettino sang a similar tune saying, "Of course he's a great coach".
Only two points separates Spurs and Manchester City.
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"I don't know, it's so hard to explain because many things happen, I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season".
"Because I feel the love from the people here, you know I like to do it better, to seduce them, to make a better club than you can believe that we are strong enough to do better things, but it is what it is".
The reason for these mentions is that both Pochettino and Guardiola - proteges of Bielsa in a footballing sense - draw hugely from his tactical innovation and sporting strategies, so much so that these influences inadvertently find their way into their team, which is why both Tottenham and Manchester City have curiously intertwined paths in terms of their footballing philosophies. "I don't think they are quite as sharp or as quick to the ball as last season, but they are still doing very well and that owes a lot to Pochettino". "It's unusual because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the five years that I've been here. I had better feelings in previous seasons".
"It was almost 10 years ago and, to be honest, I've improved a lot, I've changed a lot". Spurs originally planned to play Monday night's match at their new home, but delays saw them revert back to their temporary Wembley ground. The Citizens could become the first non-London side to win five consecutive Premier League games in the capital.
"It was not the plan to be at Wembley, different things can happen like the National Football League games and you cannot change the date and we need to accept that as reality and not complain".