Guardiola: Spurs best in the league

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailed Tottenham as the best team in the Premier League after they staged a late comeback to earn a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

After a goalless first half, City raced into a two-goal advantage within 10 minutes of the restart after Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne capitalised on two Hugo Lloris mistakes in the Spurs goal.

Dele Alli halved the deficit before a moment of controversy as Raheem Sterling appeared to be pushed when through on goal by Spurs defender Kyle Walker.

The incident went unnoticed by referee Andre Mariner – with Son Heung-min equalising from the resulting counter-attack.

But Guardiola was in complementary mood to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, while ruing his team’s missed chances and having a slight dig at the match officials.

He told BT Sport: “They know when they play well because they were aggressive, but I would like to say we played well with and without the ball.

“Tottenham are by far the best when you let them play, when you let them play they are the best team in the league. They have a lot of quality in midfield players, attacking midfielders, wingers, the strikers – they are an outstanding team.

“So when we were able to play better than them today, I am so satisfied. I am of course sad because the players do not deserve that but in the future this performance will make us stronger.

“We played really good but we missed a lot of chances and when that happens you cannot win.

“It was deja vu. Again, (as) what has happened for the rest of the season – we create more, we concede a few, and the referees are always against (us).

“We are not going to achieve big targets this season. We are going to try and keep going and going but we create too much and we get nothing. We drew because we missed a lot of chances, the same at (the losses against) Everton and Chelsea.

“We played against Tottenham and Tottenham are a top, top, top, top team and when you make these chances then the referee doesn’t matter.”

On the penalty incident, the Spaniard said: “He said that he pushed him. So thank you Kyle Walker for being honest. So I appreciate.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I like Pep and his compliments. And I'd like to think he's right. Today we didn't play well, but great teams
    can hang in and salvage results. That's what we did. City looked superb, and with 6 attacking flair players,
    no wonder ..but I didn't expect them to sustain the pressure they applied throughout the whole game.
    The fact that they did, and we still escaped with a point is fantastic for us.
    I hope we learn from this performance 'tho. Lloris to make one mistake in a game is rare ..two is unheard of.
    And we constantly gave the ball away, especially in the first half, with many players (like Eriksen and Kane)
    despite working hard, being ineffective or careless. Our defence played high but City kept getting around us, as well as pressing us, and the Wimmer (instead of Davies) experiment did not work. So to still produce moments of brilliance,
    both in defence and with our goals, makes this a great result. I cannot recall any Spurs side in the past that may have
    walked faway with a result from a game like this, especially against a team playing like Pep's Barca.
    But Pep …as much as you like Spurs (and we like you for that reason) you've got to get lessons in how to deal with the press. You're coming across as someone who's very odd …or succumbing completely to pressure.

  2. Yes the officials missed the Rahheem penalty . But am l the only one who think ,despite howler from lloris , that Sane used his arm to control the ball , and should have neen ruled illegitimate goal? Despite all the attacks from City , they still required two howlers from Lloris to breach Spurs defense! And the two goals that we scored were beautifully crafted and a joy to savor. Finally , l still remember , when Gareth Bale was fouled in the penalty box , many were not given as penalty. One referee even gave him a yellow card for fiving! Talk about lucky Spurs!
    To sum up, I think it is two points dropped by Spurs.

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