Pep Guardiola has taken a swipe at Tottenham Hotspur

Pep Guardiola has taken a swipe at Tottenham Hotspur

Pep Guardiola has taken a swipe at Tottenham Hotspur

Former Chelsea midfielder and Chinese Super League star Oscar is already fed up of playing in Asia and is planning his Premier League return.

Stones says that style of play is suited to global football but is not prepared to compromise results in order to play the same way with England.

City now top the Premier League table, albeit just on goal difference, and remain five points ahead of third placed Spurs.

"Regarding City manager Pep Guardiola, Stones added: "(He has been) really good - always positive and wanting me to do better, and that is how I try to repay him on the pitch, keeping improving.

Instead, a direct comparison of the same fixtures might be a better indicator, the first seven league games of this campaign compared to the exact same games as last term, fixture for fixture, looking at the "big six" clubs (where a team faced a newly promoted club, the comparison used was against the club they replaced in the Premier League - Newcastle for Hull, Brighton for Middlesbrough, Huddersfield for Sunderland). Everyone has their ups and downs.

'Had we sneaked a goal at the end when we had the odd chance then I think many more people would have been talking up the Christensen performance. We started this season off well as a team at club level and it was an important match against Chelsea. But we are always striving to be better and there is a lot of likeness between how City play to global football, as with Tottenham and various other clubs.

The Spaniard was quoted by The Sun: "We have United [and] the Harry Kane team who scores every game two or three goals".

"I've played with him from England Under-19s so I know his game and how he plays, how hungry he is to keep improving", said the Manchester City defender. "That is all down to the players around me and, obviously, him".

'I'm enjoying my football.

"Harry's been doing it for years now and I think he's got that hunger that he'll keep doing it. I think it's the two games that were very hard to face off".

The 27-year-old rejected a move this summer to Stoke City to give his injury-plagued career with the Manchester giants one last throw of the dice, having failed to nail down a regular run of games since his controversial £8m switch from Villa Park two years ago. "We have to keep making steps forward and keep progressing and trying to do our best for ourselves, our families and the nation".

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