Guardiola’s response to locking his players in the away dressing room at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham handed Manchester City their sixth league defeat of the season on Sunday as the Lilywhites emerged 2-0 victors following goals from debutant Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min.

The win took Spurs right back into the thick of the race for the fourth spot and pretty much finished off any lingering hopes of a late Manchester City title charge.

The away side certainly fashioned enough chances to win the encounter but failed to take them while Spurs were clinical with their rare opportunity in front of goal.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly locked his players inside the dressing room for around 45 minutes following the final whistle.

A report in the Express claims that the Spanish coach was keen to hold an inquest with his players to discuss where things wrong.

However, Guardiola put up a defiant face to the cameras after the game insisting that he was happy with the players’ performance.

Guardiola told Sky Sports Premier League TV channel from 18:00 on 2/2/20 (via the Express): “I was talking with my staff, my wife, and some players. I don’t have too many things to say about the performance.”

When asked if he was critical of some of his players’ performance, the 49-year-old remarked: “Never, with this performance? How should I be critical of my players with this performance?

“With this performance it would be an incredible mistake to point to them and say how bad they are, it is not true.

“It’s not football, football is to create chances and concede few. To believe in this concept, you are closer to win the game. Few times this season it did happen and it happened.”

Spurs Web Opinion

We certainly did have some luck on our side as Manchester City could have easily been a couple of goals up by half time had they finished their chances off. However, we have been unfortunate with some of our results lately and so you can say we deserved that luck given the effort we put in. This is exactly the kind of result that we needed to build our confidence.

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