Ep leads atience

> In two, three years, my team will be bet­ter, says Guardi­ola after Spurs de­feat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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. –

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