Pep Guardiola admits he was wrong to refer to Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team".
The former Barcelona coach later clarified that he had intended no disrespect.
He also looked back to the battle of David Silva, his midfielder, whose son was seriously unwell after his birth a year ago.
But Tottenham remain well in the hunt for the Premier League title, sitting just two points adrift of City after nine matches. It was my first defeat here and I realised how strong they are. Pochettino's five-year contract signed in the summer was a firm commitment as Spurs prepared to move into the newly refurbished White Hart Lane, but the delayed opening until the new year coupled with a lack of investment in the summer transfer window has not helped raise the manager's spirits.
"I think the circumstances of the previous year, I think the club is not only focused on winning titles or winning games", the former Espanyol and Southampton boss said.
"I feel the love from the people here". "That is going to happen in your stadium". We control part of the game, we create more chances, concede few.
Recent history would suggest that Freddie might be eating humble pie on Monday night as Man City head to Tottenham for a massive game and most are expecting the Citizens to claim the three points. "It's the worst, my feeling, but it's the best start ever for the club in the Premier League".
"She told me "something happened, something happened, we are running but I don't know what happened" and the line broke. I settled in England in that situation".
'The first year (of his tenure) we dropped a lot of points against the contenders.
Most of Pochettino's key players had next to no recovery time after playing deep into the World Cup in Russian Federation while Tottenham have played six of their opening nine games away, albeit winning five of them. "When you win [the other team] doesn't win".
Guardiola's Manchester City face Spurs at Wembley on Monday.
Currently, though, Manchester City are the best team in the Premier League - in terms of creativity and overall play.
"That's why maybe the games against the contenders are becoming so important".
"But nothing is going to change because at the end, Southampton at home is the same points as Tottenham".