The two sides go head to head in the north west this weekend.
New Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini has ruled Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur out of this season’s top-flight title race ahead of the two sides’ meeting in the league at Eastlands on Sunday afternoon, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The experienced Chilean head coach’s own side have made an inconsistent start to the new campaign themselves, with the big-spending outfit having shone so far at home, while on their travels City have struggled badly for form, collecting just the four points out of a possible 18.
And that has resulted in the north-west outfit languishing down in eighth position after the opening 11 matches of the new Premier League season having collected 19 points, although that is still one fewer than that managed by their opponents this weekend.
However, Pellegrini still feels that come the end of this campaign, the Premier League title race will come down to a straight four-way fight between his side and champions Manchester United, Chelsea and current leaders Arsenal.
“The Premier League is very close this year,” said Pellegrini. “There are six clubs challenging, with very little difference between one team and another.
“We have a lot of points to fight for, and I think at the end it will be between Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.”
City surprisingly lost their previous Premier League encounter 1-0 to struggling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Sunday when Andre Villas-Boas and Co visit the Etihad stadium.