Friday, 19 April, 2019

Pep Guardiola defends Manchester City tactics in Tottenham defeat

Pep Guardiola Leroy Sane Manchester City 2018-19 Getty Images
Shannon Reynolds | 14 April, 2019, 18:40

Gary Neville admits it is "painful" to watch the "brilliant" title race between Manchester City and Liverpool this season.

Since then? Full matches merely versus Cardiff, Schalke and Newport.

"With Pep Guardiola, we are witnessing an incredible title race, the two teams play the right way, the managers perform the right way".

Before Thursday's defeat to Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City hadn't lost a match since a 2-1 loss at Newcastle at the end of January.

Guardiola attracted criticism for what was seen as a conservative team selection against Spurs in midweek, leaving both Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane on the bench until the final minute, while peripheral figures Fabian Delph and Riyad Mahrez started.

"I think we have what it takes", he told reporters.

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"We chose to play a different type of game but, in general, the game was really, really good". Tottenham are a team that runs in behind a lot and we controlled it quite well.

But speaking before the game, Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has made it clear that the Blues are only focusing on the game and now what happens with the title challenge. We didn't want to concede a counter-attack, where they are stronger than us. The way Liverpool have performed this season, this would be a far bigger achievement this year to win the league, than last year. I like when they express what they believe.

"They are really well organised, and up front, they have quality players".

After Palace, City host Tottenham twice in four days in the second leg of their Champions League tie and the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool now lead the Premier League by two points from title rivals City, though the Merseyside club have played a game more than Pep Guardiola's side.

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