Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola tried to stay upbeat after watching his aspect 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The sport noticed Guardiola renew his rivalry with outdated adversary Jose Mourinho, and it was the latter who got here out on prime because of objectives from Son Heung-min, his ninth of the season, and substitute Giovani Lo Celso.
It was a usually 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 anticipate they are going to resolve all our issues,” Guardiola mentioned. “We create probabilities, we’ve counter assaults with out the final cross. We’re going to vary, one thing goes to interrupt in video games.
“The staff goes to attain objectives. We create with 10 gamers behind [the ball], we create sufficient probabilities, that they had two probabilities and two objectives, we can’t rating with 22 photographs, a lot much less on the right track, that’s the factor it’s worthwhile to attempt to do, to shoot on the right track and see what occurs.”
Guardiola then claimed that Metropolis had been on prime in lots of aspects of the sport, taking a refined swipe at Mourinho’s resolution to have his aspect dig in and sit deep. However, he was gracious sufficient to confess that Spurs are real title contenders who’re exceptionally nicely drilled.
“The stats communicate for themselves,” Guardiola added, through City’s official website. “We had been higher in lots of departments however we did not rating. The staff defended so deep and had been ready for a mistake.
“We discovered some moments however the actuality is we’re struggling to attain objectives this season. That may occur. We conceded a objective towards Liverpool that we should not and once more immediately. It’s powerful. The boldness of the blokes is there.
“They’re a bodily staff, nicely organised staff, so it’s not simple once you concede after six minutes. They’re prime of the league so they’re extra of a contender than anybody else proper now.”