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Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino consigns Tottenham's Manchester City defeats to history

Image: Mauricio Pochettino: Not dwelling on last season's results

Mauricio Pochettino insists last season's heavy defeats to Manchester City will have no significance on this Saturday's Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs were soundly beaten 6-0 in the corresponding fixture last season under the management of Andre Villas-Boas, and they fared little better with Tim Sherwood in charge for the return at White Hart Lane as City romped to a 5-1 victory.

But Pochettino has "no concerns" over those results and remains confident Spurs will maintain their unbeaten record away from home this season.

"The reality is I don't remember the results," Pochettino said. "This is another season, another philosophy, another game and we need to arrive on Saturday with the idea to believe in our philosophy and style and try to get the points.

"It's history and it's a different game, different players. It's not important now to think in the past. It's important to look forward. I don't have any concerns about these results.

It's not important now to think in the past. It's important to look forward
Mauricio Pochettino

"We arrive in a good moment. After our victory against Southampton we need to keep the momentum, to reproduce the same actions and to try to get the three points."

The Spurs boss also insisted he was happy with the contribution of former City striker Emmanuel Adebayor despite him finding the net only once in their seven Premier League games this term.

"I am very happy with his performances," Pochettino added. "It's difficult when the striker doesn't score, but we have full confidence in him."

Togo striker Adebayor and Algeria midfielder Nabil Bentaleb have yet to rejoin the Tottenham squad following the international break, while goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Nacer Chadli will have their fitness assessed.

France keeper Lloris is struggling with a thigh problem while Belgium's Chadli has a hip injury, and Pochettino will be taking no risks over their fitness.

"Hugo arrived on Wednesday and was good, but we need to analyse and do tests," Pochettino added. "We have another day to decide. We need all players to be fit."

Pochettino also revealed that USA international right-back DeAndre Yedlin could join the club in January if Kyle Walker remains sidelined with an abdominal injury.

"We need to know how Walker is recovering to decide (on Yedlin)," Pochettino said. "One option is maybe in January to bring him here."

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