Winks: Spurs will try to outplay Man City

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Mauricio Pochettino's side head to the Etihad Stadium this weekend aiming to inflict City's first defeat of the season upon them

Harry Winks says Tottenham will take the game to Manchester City when they face the league leaders at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's men are on an incredible run of 15 straight victories and currently lead the league - with Manchester United in second - by 11 points following their 4-0 thumping of Swansea City in midweek.

Spurs defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 on Wednesday to return to the top four, but they remain 18 points back from this seemingly unstoppable City side.

Nevertheless, Winks is confident in his side's ability to win at the Etihad Stadium, and has vowed that he and his team-mates will look to attack.

"We're confident in our ability. We think we can go there and match them," he is quoted as saying by ESPN.

"Obviously it's down to the manager the way we play, but we'll go into the game the way we go into every game: positive and on the front foot. We'll try to out-possess them and outplay them.

"We know what we're like as a team, we know how good we can be, how good we are. It's a good place to set a standard and make a marker and a point.

Harry Winks, Tottenham training

"There's no point in going into a game and not thinking you're going to win. We're a positive team, we like to think we're one of the top teams in the division. We have to go there and prove that. We're confident at the moment, obviously on the back of two wins and we'll go there with full confidence and try to win.

"It'd be nice to go there and get the win, first and foremost to get the three points. But to end their run would be nice as well, it'll be a good incentive to try to get that as well.

"I know it's going to be tough, I know they're a good side and you have to respect them. There's going to be times in the game when you have to adapt and play a bit differently and that's down to the way the manager wants us to play.

"They're a good side, they're showing how good they are but so are we. We went there last year, performed well and got a good [2-2] draw. We're going to go into the game confident on the back of two Premier League wins. Who knows?"

City's record-breaking winning run has many believing that this season could be nothing more than a title procession for Guardiola's side, but Winks maintains that Spurs have a chance of pipping them to the Premier League.

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"Obviously, from a neutral's perspective, you can see they're playing attractive football, doing very well, and you have to sometimes credit the opposition and say, 'They're a very good side,'" Winks added.

"We want to climb the table and as high as we want to be depends on City dropping points. And of course we want them to drop points because we want to win the league. But from a neutral's perspective, you have to credit the way they are playing.

"It is frustrating obviously seeing the points gap between us. But there's still a lot to play for, it's a long season and you can never say never. Stranger things have happened in the Premier League, so you never know."

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