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Pochettino: Tottenham gave Man City 'massive gift' in opening goal

Pochettino: Tottenham gave Man City 'massive gift' in opening goal
From ESPN - December 16, 2017

MANCHESTER -- Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino felt his side gifted Manchester City the all-important first goal in the 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Rampant City extended their historic winning run to 16 league games and became the first club since 1953 to beat Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs before the New Year in the same season.

City took the lead after 14 minutes when Ilkay Gundogan headed home from a corner when completely unmarked -- the third time in four matches Spurs have conceded a headed goal from a corner.

Kevin De Bruyne added a second in the 70th minute, moments after he was subject to a rash challenge from Dele Alli, and Raheem Sterling scored twice from close range before Christian Eriksen's late consolation.

Pochettino conceded that 'the better team won' but he felt Spurs made it easy for City.

"The way we conceded the first goal was a massive gift for Manchester City," Pochettino said. "It changed completely all that you compare and wanted to develop on the pitch. They are in a very good form and momentum. They are showing why they are the best in the Premier League.

"The way we concede the first goal was a massive mistake for us and when you play against teams like Manchester City if you concede after 15 minutes a goal like this, come on!"

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