Pep Guardiola praises Harry Kane after Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City in the Premier League classic

Pep Guardiola stunned the striker as his two goals loosened Manchester City’s grip on Saturday’s Premier League title race.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praises 'clinical' Harry Kane after home defeat (Reuters Photo)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praises ‘clinical’ Harry Kane after home defeat (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tottenham have a lot of quality, they give the ball to Harry Kane: Guardiola
  • Kane put Tottenham ahead in the 59th minute and then scored to give his side a 3-2 win
  • It was only City’s 3rd loss of the season in the league but their 2nd against Tottenham

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised Harry Kane after England captain inspired Tottenham Hotspur to an impressive 3-2 away win over the Citizens. Kane stalked Manchester City, the club desperate to sign him in the summer transfer window.

It was only City’s third league defeat of the season but their second against Tottenham, who won the second leg on the opening day of the season when Kane played no part. The champions are now just six points clear of Liverpool, who have a game in hand. Jurgen Klopp’s men visit the Etihad in April.

City had 72% possession against Tottenham and Guardiola praised his side’s performance but they were unable to keep Kane and Son Heung-min, who combined brilliantly throughout the competition.

“Well, it was a good game. We tried on many sides, especially on the left. It’s very difficult, they defend so tightly,” said Guardiola.

“Tottenham have a lot of quality, they give Harry Kane the ball. They’re really good up front. In the first half they got the goal and nothing more.”

“In the second half, they attacked Harry Kane early on and they scored. They’re clinical. They’ve got Kane and Son and (Dejan) Kulusevski. We couldn’t defend their crosses.”

On another day, City may have won by a sizeable margin, but Tottenham once again proved to be a tricky obstacle for City – and revived memories of their overall Champions League quarter-final victory in 2019.

Guardiola has steadfastly refused to discuss City having the title race in their pockets, even as they held a 12-point lead over Liverpool at the top.

And he didn’t panic on Saturday as his side suffered their first league defeat since October when they were stunned at the Etihad by Crystal Palace after which they clinched 43 points from a possible 45.

“I said a few weeks ago that we have to win a lot of games,” said Guardiola. “Every game is going to be a big, big fight.”

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