When Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho pitched up in Manchester in 2016, the city briefly became the centre of the football universe but the build-up to its latest clash has been decidedly low-key.
With so much focus on runaway leader Liverpool, Sunday’s meeting between the two managerial greats is taking place out of the limelight.
Guardiola’s second-placed team is on the brink of conceding its Premier League title and Mourinho is battling to secure a top-four place for Tottenham after an inconsistent run of results.
The City boss is relaxed about his players’ motivation, even though the title is out of sight, calling them “incredible“.
Mourinho’s team is in a dogfight to finish fourth and looks short of firepower without injured forward Harry Kane, but tit has started to rebuild following the departure of Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan.
New-signing Steven Bergwijn has been handed Eriksen’s number 23 shirt and will give Mourinho more attacking options as he bids to revive Spurs’ season.
Last four meetings: Tottenham vs Manchester City
17 August 2019: Man City 2-2 Tottenham (Premier League)
20 April 2019: Man City 1-0 Tottenham (Premier League)
17 April 2019: Man City 4-3 Tottenham (Champions League)
9 April 2019: Tottenham 1-0 Man City (Champions League)