Pep Guardiola vows to learn from testing first season and promises improvement

Alli’s fitness and dedication to lost causes has resulted in three goals scored in the final five minutes of games this season Nick Potts  PA

They have players with a lot of talent and I admire the way they want to play. Even when City crushed Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League play-off in August, Guardiola felt his side were short of the required standard.

"All these questions are important, but we have one goal which is more important than the others". But I try. I push sometimes with words, sometimes with my hands.

"This season has been a massive lesson for me".

"I know he was never nominated for the best three players of the year here in England".

"A big win for us".

Despite the result, Guardiola professed himself "honoured" to be in charge of City's players and said quality "in the boxes" had been the only difference between the two teams.

With City, without a win in four games, a further two points back in fourth, Guardiola's chief concern will be ensuring they keep above Arsenal and Manchester United in the scrap for qualification for next season's Champions League.

"But it's true that if after the last eight games of the season they haven't won the league, it will be tough for them to accept".

Spurs kept the pressure up on Chelsea with a remarkable come-from-behind win away at Swansea City in midweek, scoring three times in six minutes at the end of the game at the Liberty Stadium.

Luiz got payback last night though, ending Aguero's faint title hopes and also winning their head-to-head battle.

Kompany has been available for selection for the last month and Guardiola said after the loss in west London: "When Vinny is fit, he is a top central defender".

"Now the situation is clear - eight games left in the league and the [FA Cup] semifinal".

"I believe that we can win every game if we play like we did against Swansea - and then we'll see", said Pochettino, whose side host Bournemouth the following week.

City boss Pep Guardiola indicated after the game that he has made a mistake this season in overlooking Delph's credentials.

"I know this manager from when he was in Greece", he told press before meeting Silva's side. We've got a mini league for us now and it starts with Hull (on Saturday). You can not imagine how good he is.

"They had a big win but they have a couple of hard games coming up".

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