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Tottenham pose a real threat in title race: Pep Guardiola

By Graham Luney

Pep Guardiola insisted Tottenham Hotspur are contenders for the Premier League title after seeing his unbeaten start as Manchester City boss come to an end at White Hart Lane.

The former Barcelona coach had won his first 10 games in charge of City before a midweek Champions League draw at Celtic was followed up with yesterday's loss, when an Aleksandar Kolarov own goal and a Dele Alli effort earned Spurs' win.

Asked if the Londonersshould be considered as title candidates, Guardiola said: "They were there last season. Why not? Same coach, new players. In two or three years my team will be better so in that sense it is normal. Of course, here in the Premier League there are many teams who can achieve that and Tottenham are one of them."

A controversial Laurent Koscielny goal gave Arsenal a late win at Burnley while Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke City at Old Trafford.

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