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Pep Guardiola feels Manchester City’s “humble” attitude when they are not in possession is the key to their success so far this season.
The Spaniard saw his side thump Spurs 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to make it 16 consecutive Premier League wins, extending their record-breaking sequence in the process. Ilkay Gundogan headed City in front in the first half, with Spurs struggling to create any decent chances despite enjoying a fair share of possession.
After the break, Kevin de Bruyne lashed in City’s second while Raheem Sterling netted a late brace after Gabriel Jesus has whacked a penalty against the upright. In stoppage time, Christian Eriksen scored a goal that will have been scant consolation for the travelling North Londoners.
Spurs had won three and drawn one of their previous four league meetings with City. According to Guardiola, his players are not just incredibly good with the ball, they also show a brilliant attitude without it – and that is the base for their success. “They [Spurs] have good quality, but we played really good to beat one of the strongest teams in the Premier League,” said Guardiola. “Without the ball we are a humble team. The performance of Kevin de Bruyne, you cannot imagine how good he plays with the ball, but he runs like a player in the Conference league – it is easier for the manager and the club.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is relishing the winning run, but he knows the games will continue to come thick and fast over the festive season. “Since August we are so happy and I admire the most the way we play without the ball – thank you to the club to provide me with these amazing players,” he added. “We are on a good streak, but in three days we have another one.”
Man City are 1.44 to win away at Leicester in the League Cup on Tuesday. The Foxes are 7.00 while the draw is 4.75.