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The teams are out! City wear their famous sky blue, while Spurs are in second-choice green and black. Not long now!
Jose Mourinho talks to Sky Sports. “I don’t want to think about [how much energy Spurs have left in the wake of extra-time at Everton] because there is no point. That’s the way it is. If you want to compare City’s task and ours midweek in the cup, you cannot compare. They rested and we played two hours. But I don’t want to think about it. We are going to give everything and tomorrow we are going to have a day off which [the players] have not had for a long time, and the next match is Thursday. We can have a rest and start a new period. [City] are the top team now. They score lots of goals and don’t concede, they win matches. So of course it’s a very difficult task. But we believe and we are going to fight.”
Pep, relaxed and cracking wise in the tinder-dry style, also speaks. He reports that Dias didn’t train all week because “he had the fever and didn’t feel good”, and suggests that his midweek observation that, just because City are on a 15-game winning streak, they do not automatically start games 2-0 up, is “one of the more wise things I have ever said in my career.” A twinkle in his eye. Life is good when you’re on a record-breaking run.