After being defeated by spurs in London, Manchester City and their Spanish coach (Pep Guardiola), endured a frustrating evening in North London despite the reigning champions dictating play, and City’s ailing campaign was further derailed after Spurs struck twice in the second half. But after finally reappearing, Guardiola explained that he had instead simply spoken to his coaching staff, rather than held a heated Inquest.
City squandered several golden opportunities to take the lead, with Sergio Aguero guilty of skewing wide from a matter of yards and Ilkay Gundogan seeing a penalty stopped by Hugo Lloris. But despite the setback, Guardiola admitted to Sky Sports that he had refused to lash out at his players.
He said: ‘Never, with this performance? I was talking with my staff and my wife, and some of my players. With this performance, it would be a massive mistake to tell them how bad they are. A few times it’s happened, and it didn’t happen.’ ‘We lost the game. We played good but we lost the game, it’s happened again,’ Guardiola added. ‘And they had two (chances) and scored two goals. I don’t have too many things to say about the performance, but this business is how many goals you score and how few you concede.
‘But it’s happened before too against United. We lost one nil and they created few chances. We had a lot and didn’t score. It’s happened and we have to accept it and work on that. Sometimes it’s not easy. We played well.’