Jose Mourinho thinks his current Tottenham side is better than the one that beat Manchester City last season, but warned Pep Guardiola’s team is also stronger.
Mourinho’s men are on a three-match winning run in the league and are unbeaten in seven ahead of arguably their toughest test of the season against Pep Guardiola’s side, live on Sky Sports on Saturday.
Spurs beat City 2-0 in the same fixture in February last season, but Mourinho thinks both sides have significantly improved since then.
“We are a better team and Manchester City are too,” Mourinho, who is celebrating one year in charge of the club, said at his pre-match news conference.
“City did a £150m (transfer) market, they have had one more year of Pep, one more year of his players working with a fantastic coach.
“They probably knew they wouldn’t become champions (when the teams last met). Now they know they are in the fight and three points could take them into the top four or five.
“We are a better team, especially we are more confident. We have a different identity now.
“Last season, we were trying to survive. This time, the team has a different profile. We are a better team with more solutions. Against City, we are in a better position, but they clearly want to be champions. And we want to win the next match – we want to win tomorrow.”
City boss Guardiola has just penned a new contract to remain at the Etihad Stadium for another two seasons after this one, and Mourinho insists that is a sure-fire sign the former Barcelona boss is delighted to remain in the Premier League.
“The only thing for sure is nobody put a gun to Pep’s head to sign the contract,” Mourinho said.
“He is happy to stay and do it and must have had conversations with powerful people at the club, and he has the motivation to continue and sign so he must be happy.”
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