Tottenham face the reigning Premier League champions (across the previous three seasons) during Sunday's meet up in Manchester. Spurs, coming off a three-match losing streak, have their work cut out for them, but the manager isn't looking to shy away from the challenge.
After an incredible start to the season with a ten game unbeaten streak and three Manager of the Month awards, the team has struggled over the past month after numerous injuries and suspensions have sidelined some of the squad's best players. However, it's clear that Ange's brand of football, or Ange-Ball, works quite well.
Tottenham went up 1-0 in each of their previous three games before conceding later on. The attacking style of play has worked at catching teams off guard, with the high press forcing errors and inverted fullbacks dominating midfield areas.
While in the past Ange has commented on his tactics and their resemblance to those of City boss Pep Guardiola's, the Australian gaffer made sure to once again reinforce his commitment to the style of play in his most recent press conference:
"Ultimately we can't take our eyes off of what we're trying to achieve here... Every time we put a team out there it's about us becoming the team we want to become."
We've seen over the past few fixtures that this thought process has shown through, and it seems it will remain the same even when taking on the toughest of opponents:
"Irrespective of what type of team you've got, it's always going to be a challenge playing against City... it would be great if things were a little bit smoother for us but it is what it is."
"I still think that during this period, [especially] over last week there were periods in the game where we played some fantastic football, and so we've just got to get on with it."
Tottenham lost 4-2 in their last trip to the Etihad, but will be hoping for a different outcome this Sunday. Ange will be looking to find points anywhere he can, especially given the recent losses, but the match will prove a tough occasion for doing so.