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Man City boss Guardiola aims subtle dig at Tottenham & bemoans trips to London: ‘It’s exhausting’

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has piqued widespread attentions on Sunday evening, owing to his latest post-match comments.

City, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

After watching title rivals Arsenal slip to a shock defeat at the hands of Everton 24 hours prior, the Sky Blues made the trip to north London, for a showdown with Tottenham.

Pep Guardiola’s troops headed into proceedings desperate to correct what has proven a shocking record in recent trips to face Spurs.

When all was said and done, however, the woes of the champions only continued to mount.

This came as a solitary strike on the part of record-breaker Harry Kane inside the opening quarter of an hour ultimately proved the decisive moment in a tense 90 minutes in the English capital.

The Spaniard, though, has since been accused by many of allowing his emotions to get the better of him.

Speaking to the media on the back of the full-time whistle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Guardiola was drawn on comments from earlier in his tenure as City boss, when he referred to Spurs as a ‘Harry Kane team’.

This of course comes after the England international, once more, proved the difference-maker for the Lilywhites.

And though he was keen to steer clear of the topic, the former Barcelona headmaster also failed to clarify that his feelings on the matter have changed:

“I’m not going to say the Harry Kane team otherwise Poch will be grumpy with me and I don’t want it.”

He continued: ‘On behalf of Man City I can say congrats on this incredible milestone. He’s an exceptional player.”

From here, Guardiola then proceeded to raise further eyebrows, in seemingly insinuating that his side’s defeat on Sunday came at least in some part as a result of the distance between Manchester and London:

“Coming to London is like going to, I don’t know, northern Europe. It is 4 hours 20 minutes, 4 hours and a half to get to a hotel. It’s so exhausting to come to London, I’m sorry. We need to come back to Manchester and prepare the game against Aston Villa.”

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