Pep Guardiola said Tottenham are contenders for the Premier League title after seeing his unbeaten start at Manchester City ended.
After Spurs brushed aside previously unbeaten City at White Hart Lane, new manager Guardiola was asked if the capital club should be considered as bona fide title candidates.
Guardiola said: "They were there last season. Why not?
"Same trainer, 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 is one of them."
While admitting he may have some regrets following his first loss at the City helm, Guardiola said the injured Kevin De Bruyne would have made little difference to the pattern of a game his side always looked second best in.
Meanwhile Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs are now the only unbeaten side in the top flight and sit second in the table behind City.
The Argentinian boss enjoyed his first-ever win as a manager against Guardiola when he guided Espanyol to a shock derby victory over Barcelona and he is now the man to inflict a first defeat of Guardiola's City revolution.