Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the pressure and form of rivals could propel them in the title race.
The Citizens are two points ahead of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table with Spurs closely following.
City were 4-0 winners at the London stadium against West Ham while Liverpool put three past Watford at the Vicarage.
The hot-chase by rivals is one the Catalan appreciates and feels it would make everyone in the race better.
“It’s similar with (Rafa) Nadal, (Roger) Federer and (Novak) Djokovic, no? They push one to be better than the other one because they know,” he said.
“We need it in sport, as athletes. They (the City players) know. I didn’t tell them, but they know how strong Liverpool are.
“They know that we can’t drop points because if we do Liverpool are going to win the league. I can say Liverpool or Chelsea and Tottenham are the same in this moment. Arsenal as well.
“To compete we need good opponents close and this season we have it, here and in Europe.”