Pep Guardiola was really not in the mood to join in with the festive spirit, perhaps just to remind the rest of the Premier League they can expect no charity from the runaway leaders.
It is football over evrything as usual at the Etihad Stadium ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit on Saturday, even if Guardiola insisted his Christmas jumper snub was purely down to his measurements.
“They are all very nice,” Guardiola said, when asked why he was not wearing one. “They didn’t have my size.”
“Tottenham is an important game because the opponent is so tough,” Guardiola said. “Spurs remain a top team, it doesn’t matter about their league position. I know what Tottenham can do. They are a very dangerous team.
“The results are the results. I see what they do and I have a lot of respect for Tottenham.
“But no matter what happens on Saturday, nothing is going to change — we are not going to win the Premier League tomorrow, we are not going to lose it either.”
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