Pep Guardiola oversaw his Premier League champions lose to Tottenham in their opening fixture as Son Heung-min fired Spurs to a deserved victory in north London
Son Heung-min’s second-half strike proved the match winner as Spurs overcame the reigning champions with a gritty showing in north London.
City were left to rue not capitalising on their early dominance and were left chasing the game late on.
Spurs made light of Harry Kane’s absence amid the England captain’s conspicuous absence and rumours linking him to Guardiola’s side.
And Guardiola could not alter the momentum at a packed out Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, even after introducing key man Kevin De Bruyne.
“We started really well. We had problems in some transitions and we weren’t good enough,” Guardiola said post-match.
“We conceded due to loose balls. In general, the intention to create chances we did much more but unfortunately we were not good enough to finish them and we lose the game.”
Guardiola was left frustrated at City’s defensive lapse for Son’s winner, as the South Korean international was allowed space to curl past Ederson into the bottom corner following a brisk counter-attack.
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He continued: “We lose the ball, they went in behind. Lucas Moura had the quality to drive with the ball.
“It happened because we could not make the simple things better.
“We lose the ball on the inside and they drive on the outside when it was clear we had to defend deep.
“Apart from that in general it was really good. Sometimes we lose the second balls but in general it was good.”
City’s defeat means they have now lost all four of their games at Spurs’ new home.
And surprisingly for the Citizens, they have not managed to score once in those four defeats.
But Guardiola is yet to welcome back all of his integral first-team members and knows there is a long campaign ahead.
“Two days ago was the first day we were together so I know players need time to come back mentally,” he added.
“One more week, it’s still the beginning of the season so we need to start to win games.
“There are 37 more games. It is a long season ahead. We try to correct some things then after that we are going to come back with our best.”
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