Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League

Kristopher Nichols
December 17, 2017

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Ten minutes in and Pep Guardiola's men were starting to pile the pressure on Spurs; a Sergio Aguero low drilled effort forcing a rapid diving save from Hugo Lloris, only for Rahem Sterling to blaze the follow up over the bar. "They are the best team in Europe, not just England on form".

The conversation turned to one of the themes of the week - how to behave at the moment of victory - and, specifically, the accusation from the Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, that City had let themselves down after their triumph at Old Trafford last Sunday; that they had shown a lack of respect.

He said: "Today was a special performance from all the team".

"So far no one can stop Manchester City", Pochettino said.

City had set a new Premier League record with their 15th win in a row in midweek and now they have their sights set on surpassing Guardiola's personal best of 19 successive league wins with Bayern Munich.

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"I think the chance that Harry Kane had maybe was key because if we had scored there, it may have changed because we dominated Manchester City in the first 20 minutes of the second half".

"We all know that Pep Guardiola is an educator, someone who wants to install confidence and different tactics within players, but can you take that on board? But what they are doing is fantastic - they have broken records and how they are playing is very good".

"We're not anxious. We know how our project is and who we are, and in the end we try to develop our project not only thinking about today and tomorrow, but thinking long-term", the Argentine said. "We must learn, because one day we want to be in a position to win the Premier League, but today was a big lesson for us", Pochettino added.

"Exactly, that is the problem", Pochettino said. It's always good to see the players that were with you and players that did a lot for the club, or did a lot for myself, to try to help me to achieve all that we wanted.

"It's important to play better - that is the most important thing", he said. "We are winners and we need to feel we can beat them". There are so many games, it is not going to happen.

"It's true that the team in front was better than us, but now it's about trying to lift our players for the next game, because now this game is in the past". "Of course for us it's a tough game but in the same way a fantastic challenge and an exciting game".

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