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We can beat anyone, Wanyama says after City win

Wanyama celebrating with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Wanyama celebrating with manager Mauricio Pochettino.

LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 3- Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama inspired Tottenham to smash Pep Guardiola’s 100 per cent Premier League record to smithereens with a 2-0 triumph over Manchester City and warned the rest of the top flight: “We know we can beat anyone.”

The midfielder was the lynchpin in an impressive performance which saw them remain as the only team unbeaten this season thanks to an Aleksandar Kolarov own goal and a first-half strike by Dele Alli. Only an Erik Lamela missed penalty tarnished the celebrations.

“It was tough but we always felt that we were strong and we knew we could get something,” said Wanyama.

“If we continue playing like this it can take us somewhere good, somewhere better than last season.”

Tottenham remain a point behind City in second place but Guardiola had no doubts about which outfit was stronger on the day.

“They were better,” he said. “It can happen. They were fighting for the Premier League last season. We knew how aggressive they are, especially at home.

“We had problems. They were one step in front of us today. We have to accept it and learn from that.

“Maybe I have some regrets, yeah. But I have to take them. But we will learn. So it doesn’t happen again.”

Pochettino, whose side finished third in the table last season, was understandably delighted to win against his old La Liga adversary.

“I feel very happy, very pleased, the performance was nearly perfect,” he said.

“When playing a great team like Manchester City, you need to do a fantastic job and I am very pleased and proud of the performance and the work our players showed today.

“It was a real exciting game, both teams played in an exciting way and we have a similar philosophy. I enjoyed it a lot and the fans enjoyed it a lot. Both teams, the mentality was to go forward, play football and win the game.”

And he admitted that if Tottenham continue to play as they did against City, winning the title is not something that can be dismissed.

“It is too early in the season to start to talk about aims but it is important to be consistent and if we can play like this today then why not?” he said.

“That is in the way that we work and we want to play and that was a good example today of the way we want to play.

“It’s true that we are in a different level to some of the other clubs but we will work very hard to try to improve. The way we want to play, we have quality enough. If we play with passion that we showed today, we have enough to fight against the big teams.”