Pep Guardiola expressed a mixture of frustration with his own team’s actions and admiration for Spurs.
Regarding a key moment in the game where Brennan Johnson assisted Dejan Kulusevski, Guardiola remarked, “It was a good action. Johnson made a good delivery for a full-back on the opposite side; it is so difficult to defend this action. Kulusevski attacked the ball, and the second ball, they made good high pressing.”
He went on to analyze a missed opportunity, stating, “Julian [Alvarez] should keep the ball and instead pass to Erling [Haaland], but it doesn’t happen.”
Recognizing Tottenham’s noteworthy performance despite facing challenges, Guardiola appreciated their clear and daring identity on the field. Ange Postecoglou’s side, plagued by injuries, demonstrated resilience and earned a well-deserved late point against City.
As the festive period approaches, this change in momentum could prove invaluable for Spurs, who are set to navigate a series of games. Rather than merely ‘coping’ through this challenging period, Tottenham, with their distinct identity and available talent, have the potential to secure crucial points.
Captain Son Heung-Min echoed Guardiola’s sentiments, offering special praise for the team’s winger in the post-match comments. Despite the satisfaction of securing a point, Spurs’ fans may rue the missed opportunity to face Manchester City at full strength, reflecting on what might have been with a complete squad.