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Man City fans should expect big Pep Guardiola selection call vs Tottenham

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Ever since he named Yaya Toure as a lone holding midfielder weeks after losing 4-0 at Everton, Pep Guardiola has made a habit out of surprise selection calls against Tottenham.

Guardiola is hardly averse to big calls at any point - he dropped Bernardo Silva, his best player last season, for the weekend's win at West Ham - but seems more inclined to tweak on the big occasions as his tinkering in the Champions League quarter-finals over the last two years has shown.

Guardiola spoke of the need for improvement against Tottenham as his players celebrated a 5-0 win over West Ham, and they have had a week on the training ground to perfect a surprise attack.

It seemed utter lunacy to leave a fragile team so unprotected in January 2017, and yet this was the moment when the Manchester City manager decided to go big rather than going home as more questions than he had ever been used to swirled round over his style of football.

The following season saw Ilkay Gundogan thrown in for just his second Premier League start of the campaign in a December 4-1 win and there were various surprises in the trilogy of spring battles earlier this year from Fabian Delph's shock inclusion for the Champions League first leg to Phil Foden making just his second league start days after the epic European clash at the Etihad.

The Spurs boss may have seen enough from this City team over the last two years to know how they are going to play, but he won't know exactly what he is up against until an hour before kick-off at the earliest.

And Tottenham have been viewed as a major test ever since they became the first team to beat Guardiola's City back in October 2016.
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