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Spurs 2-0 City: Pep wants to learn from defeat

CALLING THE SHOTS: Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino

CALLING THE SHOTS: Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino

Pep Guardiola believes City’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur is a chance for the Blues to analyse their performance in the season so far.

An Aleksandar Kolarov own goal and Dele Alli’s sweeping finish ended City’s 100% Premier League record in the seventh game of the season.

While Pep is disappointed with the loss at White Hart Lane, he accepts that the team had to lose eventually having gone 11 games without defeat.

Guardiola said: “It’s part of our job. We changed many, many things in the beginning and it’s all part of the process, we can’t always win all of the games so sometimes it can help us to improve.

“I’m here to do our job and to get better we need to process and analyse what we are doing well and not well. It’s the end of September so you cannot imagine that our team is already done.

“They have done an amazing performance until now. Still, we are not perfect but the team are fighting until the end and that is the most important thing.”

TIGHT AT THE TOP: Pablo Zabaleta and Dele Alli battle for the ball

In terms of the match itself, Pep focused on congratulating Spurs, who moved one point behind the Blues at the top of the Premier League table.

He said: “It was a tough game and Tottenham are a very good team who have been fighting for the title in the last few years. They played better, that’s all. We just have to congratulate them.

“We had a lot of problems trying to create and we missed a lot of balls in positions where they are so, so dangerous. We didn’t have many chances to do a high press because they always played directly to Son.

“We knew that they would press high and we know we want to do it, it’s just they did it better.”

The first goal was similar to Glasgow and it was difficult to recover. The last 20 minutes were much, much better but in the rest of it we had many problems to create our own game."

Many of City’s stars will now join their international squads with the Blues’ next fixture coming against Everton on the 15 October.

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