It was at the same stage last season that City’s title-winning campaign roared into life as they embarked on a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions, winning 18 of them. Pellegrini said: “That of course will be the best thing we can do, but I think December and this week of November are a decisive month for the Premier League. “We are going to play eight games of the Premier League, we are going to finish the first round (of fixtures) at the end of December. We have 24 more points to try to win. “We have to try to do it, I think that is the only way. I think maybe not to be top of the table, because Chelsea are in a very good moment, but I think it is important to have a good first round. That is more than 41 or 42 points.” City captain Vincent Kompany is poised to return for the visit of the Swansea after missing the trip to QPR a fortnight ago and Belgium’s recent Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales with a calf injury. There could be a temptation not to risk the influential centre-back before Tuesday’s crucial Champions League tie against Bayern Munich but Pellegrini insists that game is not yet in his thoughts. He said: “We are not thinking about Europe. We are thinking about the Premier League. “We must try to discount the points we have behind the leaders. It is very important to try to win. Press Association “After we finish the game against Swansea we are going to start thinking about Bayern Munich.” Fellow defender Eliaquim Mangala has also overcome what Pellegrini described as a “small problem” to make the squad this weekend. Swansea have won two and drawn one of their last three league games to climb into the top five and head to Manchester City on Saturday buoyed by their comeback victory over Arsenal before the international break. But boss Garry Monk insists he is not looking too far ahead and dismisses talk of a possible top-six finish. “We just focus on the next game because if you look too far ahead you lose track of what you’re doing,” Monk said. “We’re just looking at Man City and giving that 100 per cent commitment. Who knows if we can stay in the top six. “You obviously look at the tables but my focus is on attacking every game as best we can. “We want to get the best performances and hopefully that will get us enough points to stay in the top half of the table and see where that takes us. “We’re realistic and teams below us are very powerful financially, but all I care is we compete against these teams and we’re competing so far.” Swansea will be without Federico Fernandez with a calf injury preventing the Argentina central defender from marking his international team-mate Sergio Aguero. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team need to claim close to maximum points in the remaining weeks of 2014 if they are to remain in title contention. Pellegrini sees the end of December as an important staging post in his side’s defence of their Barclays Premier League crown and he knows they can ill afford to drop many more points. City return to action after the latest international break third in the table, trailing leaders Chelsea by eight points, with 21 to their name from 11 games.
TOTTENHAM supporters fuming with Mauricio Pochettino want to see the Argentine gone – with some even calling for a return of Harry Redknapp instead.Pressure is mounting on the Spurs manager after a horror week in charge.2 A small minority of Tottenham fans want Mauricio Pochettino out – with some calling for Harry Redknapp to returnAfter throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Olympiakos and losing from 1-0 up against Leicester, the Carabao Cup clash at Colchester last night was the perfect chance for Tottenham to get back on track.But a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes meant penalties and following Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura’s misses, Tom Lapslie converted the winning spot kick to send the League Two side through.Pochettino refused to blame his flops but with 15 defeats in 2019, a small section of Spurs fans have now seen enough.One wrote: “I’d rather redknapp back than wake up and poch is still manager.”Another fumed: “Get Pochettino out of my club.A third added: “Some people out here defending Pochettino. The biggest fraud in world football at the moment. I’m delighted he’s being found out.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneOne user tweeted: “Pochettino has wanted to leave Tottenham for 2 years. You can tell. I think he’s p****d he missed out on Real Madrid and United.”The majority of Spurs fans are still content with having Poch in charge and are confident this is merely a blip in form.But five months after one of their greatest nights, the club is descending into crisis with Harry Kane struggling, Daniel Levy’s transfer policy under scrutiny and Poch sulking.In the Argentinian’s five seasons in charge, Spurs have finished fifth, third, second, third and fourth – reaching the Champions League final last term.By comparison, Redknapp led the North Londoners to eighth, fourth, fifth and fourth, getting to the League Cup final and the Champions League quarters.Id rather redknapp back than wake up and poch is still manager.— Daniel Levys Wallet (@AngeSpur) September 24, 2019 Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongAs well as Spurs’ embarrassment, one punter was left ruing what might have been.They backed 20 teams in their £1 accumulator last night, with winnings of more than £13,000 on offer.Teams from England’s non-league divisions, the Austrian Cup and the Argentinian fourth tier all came through but one side didn’t – Tottenham at Colchester.2 Spurs were stunned by their League Two opposition in the Carabao Cup last week to complete a miserable weekCredit: ReutersColchester fans storm onto pitch as they beat Spurs 4-3 on penalties in shock win