Pep Guardiola admitted to being delighted by the manner of his team’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night.
City ended an almost nine-hour wait to score at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Nathan Ake prodded home and 88th-minute winner to send 9,000 travelling fans wild.
Guardiola felt the win was deserved and is happy to end the losing five-game run at Spurs’ impressive new home. “Football is about scoring and not conceding,” said Guardiola, adding: “Our stats were really good today, but you see stats for past games when we could not win here.
“We are really pleased to win and score a goal against this team, go through, and defend the title. We played really well.
“Our performance was top class. These players prove again the reason why they have done what they have done in the past.
“I know they are without Sarr, Bissouma and Maddison is coming back, but they are an incredible team with physicality. We played with incredible personality. All the players were top otherwise we cannot do it.
“Now in the second part of the season if we lose we lose competitions, in the FA Cup, Premier League, Champions League, we know how strong all the teams are.”