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Man City boss Guardiola reacts after Spurs defeat: 'You make a mistake, and they punish you.'

Spurs 2-0 Man City.

Mourinho and Guardiola shaking hands at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium [Getty]
Mourinho and Guardiola shaking hands at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium [Getty]

The Cityzens were thrashed 2-0 by Jose Mourinho’s Lilywhites at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Saturday.


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola bemoaned his side’s missed chances against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.


Heung-min Son’s early opener and Giovani Lo Celso’s second-half strike was enough to hand the Cityzens their second defeat of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.


Aymeric Laporte thought he had equalised for the awayside just before the half-hour mark as he found the net with a cool finish, but it was cancelled out by referee Mike Dean for a handball in the build-up following a VAR review.


City had the majority of possession in the game as Spurs defended deep and invited pressure on themselves, but it was enough for the homeside to seal three points on the day.


And, following the match in north London, Guardiola admitted his boys were not good enough to breakdown Spurs - who didn't leave much space for them to penetrate.


Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, the Spaniard said: "It could be better, we played similar to how have all season. We did not defend good for the first goal. They then defended so deep, they defended with six and it was not easy.


"We had our chances, but we couldn’t score and they made two or three chances on the counter attack and we lost the game.


“We knew before the game that you cannot give them the first goal. We had more chances and them but we lost. Mourinho’s teams are like this, you make a mistake and they punish you on the counter attack. 


"It is not easy Harry Kane and Ndombele are on halfway, the space is so difficult, our possession play was good, but football is the boxes and that is where we were not good."


According to Opta, City have had 41 shots in their past two Premier League games against Spurs but have lost both without scoring a single goal.



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