Tottenham and Manchester City face off at Wembley Stadium on Monday night with both sides looking to build upon their excellent starts to the season.
Spurs have made their best start to a Premier League campaign by winning seven out of nine so far, but they still find themselves four places below a near-perfect Man City side.
Guardiola’s men haven’t lost a game in their first nine outings scoring 26 goals and conceding just three.
With the game at Wembley set to be one of the season’s most exciting, let’s take a look at a Tottenham vs Manchester City combined XI.
Goalkeeper: Ederson (Manchester City)
Guardiola finally addressed Man City’s goalkeeper issue last summer by signing Ederson from Benfica. The Brazilian was a key part of City’s title win last season and has only conceded three goals in nine Premier League games so far in this campaign.
His distribution is second to none in the division and his strong shot-stopping, as well as his goalkeeping intelligence, puts him just above Huge Lloris in the battle of the keepers.
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)
The man who took over from his competition in this team Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier has grown into one of the league’s best full backs and one of Tottenham’s most important players.
A superb range of set-pieces and a constant attacking threat, Trippier has made the right-back spot his own at Tottenham and just edges out City’s Walker for the quality of his defensive game.
Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
Consistently one of the finest centre-halves in all of the Premier League, Toby Alderweireld stuck with Spurs despite reports linking him with a move to Manchester United during the summer.
Strong in the air, good on the ball and a leader at the heart of a Tottenham defence that has been one of Mauricio Pochettino’s greatest assets in recent years, Alderweireld would make it into any top European backline.
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
The French defender was eased into Manchester City’s side when Guardiola signed him last January but Aymeric Laporte has slotted seamlessly into the back four as he continues to look like one of the division’s finest centre-halves.
City have only conceded three goals so far in the Premier League this season and Laporte is the only member of their back four who’s been an ever-present with his impressive displays at the heart of the champions’ defence.
Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)
Injury prone certainly but when fit Benjamin Mendy has already proven that he is one of, if not, the best left-back in the Premier League.
One of Manchester City’s finest attacking assets, Mendy has already provided five assists in the league this season despite only playing in six of City’s first nine games.
The French man also proved that he is more than capable of stepping up defensively as City continue to look incredibly solid at the back.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
The beating heart of Tottenham’s creativity, Christian Eriksen is arguably Spurs’ most important attacking player and unquestionably one of the league’s finest midfielders.
Missing from the last three games through injury Spurs won without him but only scored four goals in three games against teams that many would’ve expected Pochettino’s side to blow away.
Ten assists in the league last season, if Spurs are to be the first to topple City this campaign there’s no doubt that he’ll play a major part in doing so.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
A massive boost to have the Belgian back from injury after he only played 63 minutes in City’s nine league games so far this season.
Last season De Bruyne led the league in assists with 16 and scored 8 goals on top of that as he proved that he is the league’s best midfielder as City romped to the title.
Whether he starts on Monday remains to be seen but there’s no doubt De Bruyne can cause a major impact for Manchester City.
Fernandinho (Manchester City)
The unsung hero at the heart of the Manchester City midfield, Fernandinho is the base in the centre of the park that allows City’s attacking players to control the game.
Strong in the tackle and absolutely tireless in his work rate, the Brazilian certainly won’t shy away from the midfield battle against Tottenham on Monday night.
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
A relatively quiet start to the season by the England captain’s standards but Harry Kane has still managed five goals, just two less than the leading scorers in the division.
One of the most complete strikers in Europe even when Kane is not firing on all cylinders he is unquestionably the most dangerous number nine in the Premier League and only needs half a chance to grab a goal for Spurs.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
The Premier League’s most consistent high-level goalscorer, like a fine wine Sergio Aguero, seems as though he gets better with age for this Manchester City side.
Six goals already this season, 21 last season, 20 the season before that, 21 the season before that. With Aguero, we could go on and on all day.
Injury problems aside the Argentine has been one of the finest in the world for a while now and just like Kane opposing him, he only needs the glimmer of a chance to grab a goal out of nothing.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Somewhat of a break-out season last campaign for Raheem Sterling in the blue of Manchester City, scoring 18 goals and providing 11 assists but the England international has also started this season in very good form.
Four goals and two assists in the seven games he’s featured in so far, Sterling seems to be really hitting his stride, with his pace and finishing ability a huge threat to any and all defences he comes up against.