Guardiola explains Man City's inability to breakdown Tottenham defence

Manchester City suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

Pep Guardiola reflected how his side failed to break the Spurs’ defence even though they had 67 per cent of the possession while outshooting their opponents 22-4.

An early lead by Son Heung-min within five minutes and a Lo Celso goal in the second half sealed the game for Jose Mourinho’s side.


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“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,” Guardiola told BBC Match of the Day.

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

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

“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.”


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