Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola tried to stay upbeat after watching his facet slide to a deserved 2-Zero defeat at high-flying Tottenham.
The sport noticed Guardiola renew his rivalry with outdated adversary Jose Mourinho, and it was the latter who got here out on high because of targets from Son Heung-min, his ninth of the season, and substitute Giovani Lo Celso.
It was a sometimes dogged performance from Mourinho’s side, who stifled a lot of Metropolis’s creativity earlier than hitting the four-time Premier League champions on the break.
“We had a protracted interval with out strikers however cannot count on they’ll resolve all our issues,” Guardiola stated. “We create possibilities, now we have counter assaults with out the final move. We’re going to alter, one thing goes to interrupt in video games.
“The group goes to attain targets. We create with 10 gamers behind [the ball], we create sufficient possibilities, they’d two possibilities and two targets, we can’t rating with 22 pictures, a lot much less on the right track, that’s the factor you have to attempt to do, to shoot on the right track and see what occurs.”
Guardiola then claimed that Metropolis have been on high in lots of sides of the sport, taking a delicate swipe at Mourinho’s resolution to have his facet dig in and sit deep. However, he was gracious sufficient to confess that Spurs are real title contenders who’re exceptionally effectively drilled.
“The stats communicate for themselves,” Guardiola added, through City’s official website. “We have been higher in lots of departments however we did not rating. The group defended so deep and have been ready for a mistake.
“We discovered some moments however the actuality is we’re struggling to attain targets this season. That may occur. We conceded a aim in opposition to Liverpool that we should not and once more at present. It’s robust. The arrogance of the fellows is there.
“They’re a bodily group, effectively organised group, so it’s not straightforward while you concede after six minutes. They’re high of the league so they’re extra of a contender than anybody else proper now.”