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Kompany embraces manager Pep Guardiola after victory over Spurs

Pep Guardiola's side endured a disappointing stretch of games when they were dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool and missed the opportunity to claim the Premier League title against United in the Manchester derby.

"We responded well - it looked like it could be a similar kind of story when we conceded a goal on the one chance they had and then we were solid, and I'm really happy with that".

Manchester City bounced back from three straight defeats in all competitions to claim a crucial 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

'I'm not going to complain we misplaced the sport as a result of they have been higher, ' stated Pochettino.

With the win, Manchester City boosted its Premier League points tally to 87 points, 16 more than second-placed Manchester City. "The boys have done well - Spurs put us under a lot of pressure and we just had to make sure we didn't lose the game like we did the last three consecutive games".

Crystal Palace look close to safety after they beat Brighton 3-2 while Huddersfield are two points better off than Palace with a 1-0 win over Watford.

Sane nearly scored City's third goal on 29 minutes only to be denied by Davinson Sanchez who raced back to block the German's effort.

'We can't compare to them.

Given City's capitulation against United last week, Tottenham's goal changed the dynamic of the game and the hosts were camped in City's half for the opening 20 minutes after the resumption. It might have been harsh as Sterling was fouled outside the box - but, in fairness, it was all City deserved for the danger they created.

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and teammates applaud the fans after the match.

As the half wore down, Spurs slightly improved and pulled a fortuitous goal back three minutes before the break when Aymeric Laporte's attempted clearance cannoned off the shins of Christian Eriksen and into the corner of the net.

But as Spurs looked like they might make amends for a bad first half, City found an escape via a rare foray forward: Lloris was tested from range and couldn't hold on to the ball.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's match, Pochettino insisted that it was still unfair to directly compare the two clubs and admitted that Spurs will not earn the same respect as City until they start to win trophies.

Tottenham are relatively comfortable in terms of earning a Champions League spot for next season, sitting at fourth in the table and 10 points clear of Chelsea in fifth.

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