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The drama - and the bitter feeling of celebrating victory only to end up seeing it taken away - was all too familiar for City who had exited the Champions League in April to Spurs when they had a late would-be victor from Raheem Sterling ruled out by VAR.
Pep Guardiola's side were dominant, brushing aside West Ham United with a 5-0 win, and are the favourites to defeat Spurs this weekend.
Last season, an unintentional handball that resulted in a goal or created a goal could stand, but this season the Premier League adopted a rule where even unintentional handballs that result in a goal or help create a goal are illegal.
"We have a way we love to play", Pochettino said of Spurs. Of course, it's an exciting game against one of the best teams in Europe.
England global Stones lost his starting place during the closing months of last season but was selected by Pep Guardiola for the Community Shield triumph over Liverpool and the 5-0 thrashing of West Ham last weekend.
Guardiola chose to remove Aguero after 66 minutes and shouted at him as he left the field. I don't think so.
"He scored 24 (actually 25, last season) and 24 to 30 is only six goals". I never spoke with Sergio [Aguero] or Gabriel [Jesus] or Raz, with any of the people up front, about what are their dreams and targets and these kinds of things.
This is understood to have been a personal decision by the player, who knows Professor Fink through the German national team.
"What I find unbelievable is that not one Tottenham player complains or looks at the referee".
"If Troy gets in for Spurs and he scores a few goals and he's brilliant, I might have a different (thought) process on that".
Guardiola stopped the 31-year-old while he on his way to sit down, putting his hand on the player's chest to stop him walking away.