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> In two, three years, my team will be better, says Guardiola after Spurs defeat
Pare, home and away, but especially at home,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.
“Of course it was difficult because we had problems to find the guys when we want to find them and control our game. We lost a lot of balls in positions that were so, so dangerous.
“They were one step in front of us today. We just can say congratulations to Tottenham, because when the opponent is better, you have to accept it and learn from that.”
Aleksandar Kolarov, who struggled during City’s 3-3 Champions League draw at Celtic, gifted Spurs a ninth-minute lead when he inadvertently turned Danny Rose’s cross into his own net.
Son Heung-Min set up Dele Alli to sweep in Spurs’ second goal in the 37th minute and the hosts would have won with even more room to spare had Erik Lamela not seen a penalty parried by Claudio Bravo.
Alli described the result as a “big statement”, while Pochettino said his team had been “nearly perfect”.
The Argentine took particular satisfaction from the fact Spurs had prevented a Guardiola team from dominating possession until the latter stages.
“To play a great team like Man City, you need to do a fantastic job,” Pochettino said.
“In theory we are a team that want to have control always. In front was Manchester City, who want the same as us, then it’s a battle on the pitch.
“For that I feel very pleased because our players showed a big commitment with the philosophy. The way that we played was fantastic.
“It’s too early in the season to talk about aims, but it’s important to be consistent. If we can play like this, why not be consistent during the whole season?
“I know it’s a big effort, but that is how we want to play. It was a good example today that we want to follow and build our project.”
Son and Lamela argued over who should take the penalty, but Pochettino played down the incident.
“When we prepare the game, two, three, four players can take the ball,” he said.
“If it’s (the injured) Harry Kane, he’s the first, and Lamela and Sonny one, two, three. But different things can happen on the pitch.
“Someone can say: ‘I’m confident to shoot the penalty.’ And it’s discussed between them. Always they’re allowed to discuss and take the decision if two players want to shoot.
“It’s difficult, eh, from the touchline, to say ‘No, no, you shoot!’ Because they’re fighting, it’s impossible for them to see us and you’re not allowed to go into the middle of the pitch.” – AFP
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) celebrates after playing his part in Arsenal’s last minute winning goal during their English Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor yesterday. –