Tottenham Hotspur full-back Danny Rose says that he and his team-mates are ‘up for the challenge’ of chasing down runaway leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

The Citizens have made a blistering start to the campaign, winning 10 of their 11 matches to sit eight points clear of both Spurs and Manchester United.

However, whilst Rose admitted that catching Pep Guardiola’s side would be a tough ask, he stated that the Lilywhites would be ready to pounce if and when they hit a dip in form.

“I’m not surprised how well they [City] have done, considering how much they’ve spent,” the England star told Sky Sports.

“You’d like to think a team spending that much is going to be right up there.

“I know you can always say nothing is won in November but they are going to take some catching. We’re up for that challenge.

“We’ve already marked down when we play them – December 16.

“We’re looking forward to that and we just have to make sure that, if they do slip up any points along the way, we’re ready and prepared to catch them.”

City splashed out over £200 million on new talent over the summer, including the capture of Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker.

They are averaging well over three goals per game in the Premier League at present and even at this early stage are out-and-out favourites to lift the trophy in May.

Spurs cannot afford to let the gap grow any wider and need to stay in touch ahead of the clash at the Etihad Stadium in a little over a month’s time.

It may be a tall order but the North Londoners have proven that they can mix it with the very best already this term, having recently dispatched holders Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley in the group stages of the Champions League.