Pep Guardiola says Manchester City were once again underserving of defeat, after seeing his side beaten 2-0 at Tottenham on Sunday.
The Premier League champions suffered a sixth league defeat of the season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, goals from debutant Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-Min sealing a precious home victory for the north London side.
City dominated for large periods of the game but would see the momentum swing in Spurs’ favour following a red card for Oleksandr Zinchenko, the full-back picking up two needless cautions to reduce the visitors to 10 men.
Bergwijn would then announce himself in stunning style with a brilliantly taken debut goal, the signing from PSV expertly volleying home just three minutes after Zinchenko’s red card, before Son sealed the win with a deflected effort.
VAR had earlier sparked controversy during an entertaining opening period, awarding Guardiola’s side a delayed penalty after adjudging Serge Aurier to have clumsily fouled Sergio Aguero in the penalty area.
Ilkay Gundogan would see his spot-kick saved by Hugo Lloris, however, before the technology confirmed the goalkeeper had not felled Raheem Sterling for a second penalty as the duo raced towards the loose ball.
Defeat was City’s second in a week in all competitions and leaves the club 22 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool, though Guardiola insists his side’s performance was underserving of defeat.
“We played well but lost the game. It happened again. They had two shots and scored two goals,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“I don’t have too many things to say about the performance. We have to accept it and analyse it. It is not easy. We did really well, honestly.
“With this performance, how should I be critical? This performance would be an incredible mistake to say how bad they are. We created chances and conceded few.
“A few times this season it has happened. The sending off was a key point. We said at half-time be careful, yellow cards are a fast and quick action.”