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Mauricio Pochettino says this season has seen him endure his "worst feeling" as Tottenham's manager despite guiding them to their best ever Premier League start.

The Argentine signed a long term contract with the club in May but has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, following Spanish media reports that current boss Julen Lopetegui could be sacked.

Pep Guardiola has been critical of his Manchester City players stating they need to remain professional should they be dropped. Southampton is then next at home - the same points than against Tottenham.

An eye-catching 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday prompted Guardiola to hail the performance as City's best this season.

"The season so far, it's odd because my feeling is the worst I've had in the five years that I've been here", he added.

"I think it is always about performance".

Having romped to six wins on the trot, Guardiola was being lauded from all quarters. I am sure Tottenham have a good [groundsman].

"When you add new players and some players leave, it is easy to refresh the squad and to have a different challenge".

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But Guardiola is keen to ensure the Premier League champions have no excuses and insisted the worn-down Wembley is not a concern.

"That's why maybe the games against the contenders are becoming so important".

Spurs may be outside of the top four after nine games, but they have won seven times and this is the best start the club have made to a Premier League season. We've started with three games away against them.

"We saw it at West Ham last week - we saw it at Cardiff a couple of weeks ago and they've paid for that inability to do that in Europe, which looks like a Champions League exit now". Spurs paid out compensation to their own supporters for the disruption, but drew the line at paying back City's supporters whose plans were left in tatters.

Spurs planned to play at Wembley for the 2017-18 season only but announced in mid-June their 2018-19 opener against Fulham would be at Wembley and the new stadium would open with a September 15 match against Liverpool. "We had 100 points is because we were focused on all the games".

It would not only restore the mojo back into Pochettino's team but also give them the literal belief that they can actually beat any team in the league.

But will the former Barcelona manager go on to manage another Premier League club?