Manchester City crashed to a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham in the Premier League earlier and manager Pep Guardiola was left frustrated with Jose Mourinho’s game plan.
After the game, Guardiola admitted that Mourinho teams are hard to break down and that was the case once again tonight.
“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.”
Tottenham looked well organised at the back and they managed to take advantage of Manchester City’s vulnerabilities on the counter.
Son and Lo Celso scored the two goals for the London side to take them to the top of the Premier League table.
Manchester City have made a very poor start to the Premier League season and they are now 10th in the League table. It will be interesting to see if they can transform their form in the coming weeks.
Guardiola received significant backing in the transfer market earlier in the summer and he will be expected to win the Premier League title this year.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho will be quite happy to hear these comments from his adversary. The Portuguese manager managed to outplay Guardiola during their time together in the Spanish League as well.