LISTEN: Pep Guardiola admits Tottenham were ‘better’ after Manchester City defeat at White Hart Lane
Guardiola’s men came into the clash without Kevin De Bruyne and captain Vincent Kompany due to injury and struggled to deal with Tottenham’s aggressive pressing style. The result could have been worse for Guardiola if Erik Lamela converted his second half penalty but the Catalan accepted his opponents deserved to win.
“They were better. Football is a game, you play against another one and they were better than us,” Guardiola told talkSPORT.
Speaking of his admiration for Pochettino during the week, Guardiola was impressed with how Spurs performed and how the team has developed during the Argentinean’s time at the club.
“They play a good game – we knew that. It’s a team that’s not new, it started two years ago. Last season they fought until the end to win the Premier League. We tried to do our game, but it was a little bit difficult.”
Despite the defeat, Manchester City remain on top of the Premier League with second placed Tottenham trailing them by a single point.
Having dominated with Barcelona and Bayern Munich domestically in his previous managerial posts, Guardiola is expected to deliver the same results at his new club. But having suffered his first defeat, Guardiola is keen to learn from the loss and move forward.
“Every victory, every defeat you learn a lot. I knew that before. I didn’t expect to lose one game and understand how difficult it is, how tough it is, how long the season is – I knew that. So what you have to do is learn about that and work on it.
“We [have] made a fantastic start to the season but that was September. We won many games in a row, so we have to come back again to learn about what we didn’t do well for the next games and the future.”