We gifted Man City an early Christmas present – Poch

Date published: Saturday 16th December 2017 8:24

Mauricio Pochettino thinks that Tottenham gifted Manchester City a “massive present” for one of their goals in their 4-1 loss on Saturday.

Ilkay Gundogan put the home side ahead when he headed home a corner on 14 minutes but they had to wait until the 70th-minute to extend their lead when Kevin de Bruyne drifted into the box and smashed the ball across Hugo Lloris and into the net.

There was time for two more goals for City through Raheem Sterling before Spurs grabbed a late consolation when Christian Eriksen planted the ball into the bottom corner.

“It is very disappointing but in the same way you need to accept that the better team won,” Pochettino told BT Sport. “We always try positive things but the problem was that we conceded a poor goal.

“It was a massive present for the opponent and when you play a team like this you who are in magnificent form you have to take risks to be in the game. Of course, they have a lot of quality and can punish you.

“The positive thing for us was that in the second half we started really well and had the capacity to dominate. If we should score, maybe Harry Kane when it is 1-1 or when it is 2-0, then it changes.

“But you know when you are tired we provide space and allow them to kill the game. Today yes, they showed better quality than us. The better team won.”

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