Guardiola appears to aim another dig at Mourinho

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised Tottenham and Chelsea for "wanting to play football".

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have contrasting philosophies and firmly believe in them.   -  Getty Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola appeared to criticise United counterpart Jose Mourinho as he praised Tottenham Hotspur.

City is flying high 11 points clear atop the Premier League after winning 16 of 17 matches so far this season, including Sunday's Manchester derby.

Guardiola's side hosts Tottenham on Saturday and a victory will put it 21 points ahead of Spurs.

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In his praise of Mauricio Pochettino's men, and Chelsea, Guardiola seemed to aim another dig at Mourinho and United.

"Tottenham I think is, with Chelsea, the best team in wanting to play football," the Spaniard said, in quotes reported by the Mirror.

"They don't expect the other ones [to play], they want to make their own game, and it is another amazing test for us three days after playing Swansea.

"After, we have Leicester in the Carabao Cup. There is not too much time for recovery but we are ready to face Tottenham and keep that level that we showed in the last period."

City has scored 52 goals in 17 league games this season, earning praise for its style, while Mourinho's United has been criticised for the approach despite being second.

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