City boss Pep ad­mits Spurs were su­pe­rior

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY ADAM SHERGOLD/

Pep Guardi­ola ad­mit­ted Tot­ten­ham were “one step in front” of his side as Manch­ester City’s per­fect start to the Premier League sea­son ended in a 2-0 de­feat at White Hart Lane.

“They were bet­ter, it can hap­pen,” he said. “They were one step in front of us. We have to ac­cept it and learn from that.

“We lost a lot of balls in places that were dan­ger­ous. They won the sec­ond balls, we had prob­lems with that. It was a lit­tle bit dif­fi­cult to con­trol.

“They play with tal­ent. We knew how ag­gres­sive they are, es­pe­cially at home. Foot­ball is a process. In two or three years, my team will be bet­ter.”

Spurs moved to within one point of City at the top of the ta­ble and Guardi­ola be­lieves they will once again challenge for the ti­tle.

He said: “They were fight­ing for the Premier League last sea­son un­til the end. In the Premier League, there are many teams that can achieve (the ti­tle) and Tot­ten­ham are one of them.”

Po­chet­tino said: “The per­for­mance was nearly per­fect. When play­ing a great team like Manch­ester City, you need to do a fan­tas­tic job and I am very pleased and proud of the per­for­mance. I told you af­ter (the loss to) Monaco at Wem­b­ley that I was very dis­ap­pointed with the lack of pas­sion.

“I feel very pleased be­cause our play­ers showed a big com­mit­ment to the phi­los­o­phy and the way we played was fan­tas­tic.

“That is the at­ti­tude that we need to keep, to be con­sis­tent. But it is too early in the sea­son to start to talk about aims. But if we can play like this to­day then why not (win the league)?

“That was a good ex­am­ple to­day of the way we want to play.”

Des­per­ate Manch­ester City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola is­sues in­struc­tions to sub­sti­tute Leroy Sane in the match against Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur . /COUR­TESY

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