Pep Guardiola 'taught a lesson' in first year at Manchester City

A serious title challenge did not materialise and they exited the European competition at the last-16 stage.

Trailing 1-0 until the 88th minute, Spurs rallied to earn a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min to match Chelsea's win against Man City. With the FA Cup being City's only realistic chance of winning a trophy this term, it is likely to be the worst season of Guardiola's managerial career.

It is said to have caused a furious disagreement between Chelsea and City staff which forced stewards to intervene. This season was a lesson for me.

Midfielder Fabian Delph wants an undefeated run in the remaining eight games. You learn about that.

"I'm sure in the next games they'll be more clinical".

And in December of past year, Aguero was shown a red card after he went in late on Luiz.

"Here, I'm studying English but I'm not at a great level to give motivational talks".

That's because, with 65 points from 30 matches, they have a tally of two-and-a-sixth points-per-game that would have been enough to win the title in nine of the previous 24 Premier League seasons.

However, Pochettino was unfazed by his comments, explaining: "I didn't hear him say that but I can understand". Even when City crushed Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League play-off in August, Guardiola felt his side were short of the required standard.

Tottenham have a special squad still dreaming of Premier League glory, according to defender Jan Vertonghen.

Normally, that game would be 12-0. However, we were keenly efficient with the chances created, while the visitors were mostly wasteful.

"I don't think it's an advantage", Conte told a press conference. If he wins a title and begins the cycle, the objective is one of continuity. "They have hard games coming up, though, so we have to keep winning and, hopefully, they get a bit stressed". In the second half we defended very well, with good balance.

"It's very important for us to look at ourselves and not the others". This is one of the most important things in football.

"Today the Premier League has gone", Guardiola said.

  • Julie Sanders