Pep Guardiola took a lesson and quote from Johan Cruyff when assessing his Manchester City side’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester City and Guardiola may feel aggrieved after referee Simon Hooper stopped a Manchester City attack in the dying minutes, as Phil Foden went bearing down on goal.
The referee was swarmed by sky blue shirts, as the game ended in controversial circumstances.
Despite the dropped points, Guardiola was entertained by the 90 minutes of football.
“The game was really good. In the second half they made a step forward with ball possession but still good”, said the City boss.
“From the challenge [late on] Erling went down and the referee said to play on but then the ball went over the top and he called it back.
“Yes we conceded three goals but look at what we conceded. Every time from our mistakes the opponent showed their quality.”
Manchester City’s draw means they lost ground of Arsenal, who beat Wolves over the weekend. The champions now sit three points behind Mikel Arteta’s side.
City have now lost to Arsenal, and drawn to both Liverpool and Spurs, and Guardiola was full of praise for the opponents, but questioned his side’s luck in the final stages.
“Tottenham made a step forward in the second half and they played a little bit better. When a team wants to do it, and they do it, football is a nice game.”, Guardiola stated.
“Tottenham maybe deserved to win against Aston Villa but they lost. It happens.
“I learned from Johan Cruyff that in football luck does not exist.”