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Spurs inflict Guardiola's first defeat as City manager

Monday, October 03, 2016 - 01:54

Guardiola and Pochettino talk after Spurs ended Manchester City's unbeaten start to the season

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PEP GUARDIOLA, MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING: "They were better, they were the better team, also that can happen. We play against today one team who have had the same trainer the last I think two or three years. Lat season they were until the end fighting to win the Premier League, so the players have talent. We knew how aggressive they are home and away, but especially at home, and of course it was difficult because we had problems to find the guys and control our game with the second balls. We lost a lot of balls in a position that was so so dangerous and they were one step in front of us today. "So we can just say congratulations Tottenham because when the opponent is better you have to accept it and learn from that. "Football is a process and part of the process is you sometimes when and sometimes lose and you have to learn what you have not done properly and keep going." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAURICIO POCHETTINO, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER, SAYING: "I feel very happy, very pleased. The performance was nearly perfect. To play against a great team like Manchester City you have to do a fantastic job. I think for that I'm very proud for the performance and the work that our players show today." REPORTER: Is it your best performance? "I think that we play some good games but it's true that today our quality mattered, we worked very hard, all the players I think were fantastic on the pitch." STORY: Something was always likely to give when the Premier League's two unbeaten sides met at White Hart Lane and Tottenham Hotspur swept aside Manchester City 2-0 to inflict Pep Guardiola's first defeat as the visitors' manager on Sunday (October 2). The win moved second-placed Tottenham one point behind City at the top. City, who had not dropped a point in their previous six games, went behind when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted a cross from Danny Rose past his own keeper on nine minutes. Dele Alli added a second after good work from Son Heung-min and, with City failing to cope with Spurs' pressing and pace, the home side also had an Erik Lamela penalty saved by Claudio Bravo. No doubt regular spot-kick taker Harry Kane would have done better, but in every other respect Spurs coped well without their striker as South Korea's Son produced another dazzling performance. By contrast, City struggled without their own missing man, Kevin De Bruyne, who had inspired their scintillating start to the season. Gardiola was gracious in defeat, admitting Spurs had been the better side. "They were better, they were the better team," he said. "We lost a lot of balls in a position that was so so dangerous and they were one step in front of us today. "So we can just say congratulations Tottenham because when the opponent is better you have to accept it and learn from that." Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with his team's performance. "I feel very happy, very pleased. The performance was nearly perfect. To play against a great team like Manchester City you have to do a fantastic job. I think for that I'm very proud for the performance and the work that our players show today. "We worked very hard, all the players I think were fantastic on the pitch."

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Spurs inflict Guardiola's first defeat as City manager

Monday, October 03, 2016 - 01:54