Pep Guardiola claimed Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Tottenham was extra special because of the scarred Wembley’s damaged pitch.
Playing on the scarred Wembley turf just 24 hours after it was torn up by an NFL fixture, City’s peerless quality and a predatory finish from Riyad Mahrez helped them win the pitched battle.
A sixth victory from their last even league games lifted Guardiola’s unbeaten side back above Liverpool on goal difference.
And the City manager admitted he was relieved to see his players cope with the treacherous conditions. ‘It was a great victory in special conditions, against one of the most physical teams in Europe,” he said.
“It was not football conditions to play. We reacted well. For our players and the players of Tottenham, hopefully, they will sort the problem,” he added.
Guardiola hailed City’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk last week as the finest display of his reign in Manchester.
This was a far more prosaic performance as City’s defenders took center stage, equalling the club record of six consecutive league clean-sheets.
Guardiola was frustrated that City wasted several chances to kill off Tottenham and warned them they must improve if they want to retain the title and win the Champions League “We had many chances. we need to score and we didn’t. We have a lot of things to improve,” he said.
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