Tottenham impress with win over Man United

Steve Rawlings previews the encounter here.

Pep Guardiola dismissed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's concession of the Premier League title to his Manchester City side ahead of Saturday's trip to Burnley.

The goal proved out to be the last of the game as Burnley continued to dominate in the concluding minutes of the game and didn't give any chance to City from there to score as the visitors went back with just one point.

"We have an awesome run of tough games to play, for example at Burnley". How about setting new landmarks for the most points (95) and the most goals (103) too?

"No, I didn't do that for that reason", said Guardiola, whose side had opened the scoring with a superb Danilo strike after 22 minutes.

Yet he persisted and continues to do so, insisting the need to play expansive, entertaining football is no less a priority than winning titles, as he stated in a May '17 interview with ESPN Brazil.

"He has a problem in his knee, it is the same knee (as previous injury) but not the same local".

The Clarets drew their midweek game against Newcastle United 1-1 and manager Sean Dyche will be hoping to avoid a fate similar to when his side were beaten 4-1 by City in the third round of the FA Cup last month.

City are now missing David Silva, John Stones, Leroy Sane, Fabian Delph, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy but the lack of a youth player to fill the seventh spot meant no one was buying it.

Can the Clarets arrest their slide?

City were made to rue a slew of missed chances, most notably when Sterling failed to turn Kyle Walker's low cross into an unguarded net from point-blank range as Burnley salvaged a valuable point despite seeing their winless league streak extended to nine matches. City may be missing a few star names, and they would have loved to have added another attacking player in the transfer window, but their squad is easily strong enough to cope.

These early 12:30 starts often result in a sluggish beginning to matches and I can see a cagey start again here.

Though, it's working and Manchester City are nearly certain to win the Premier League this season and maybe more.

Premier League leaders Manchester City will pay a visit to the Turf Moor this Saturday, as they gear up to face off against Burnley. They have both enjoyed fantastic success throughout their careers and undoubtedly will continue to compete for the biggest prizes at two of the world's iconic and biggest clubs. And I can guarantee you the youth team coach and reserve team coach at Man City will feel disheartened by him having six players on the bench. They've been drawing 0-0 and 1-1 three times apiece. I'm so happy for the performance.

Burnley have scored two goals in their last five league games. That to me looks like a protest, and I'm not sure why he's peddling this thing.

  • Angelo Rivera