Mauricio Pochettino concedes Tottenham were off the pace against Manchester City

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It was a morale-boosting win for City after the disappointment of Tuesday's defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals. He said: "We began badly".

Having crashed out of the UEFA Champions League competition at the quarterfinal stage last Wednesday, the Citizens stepped up their game to claim maximum points against Spurs, who are in the race to finish among the top four teams ahead of the current EPL champions, Chelsea.

"Then we started to compete, at 2-0 down and we scored to make it 2-1 and started the second half really well, but Manchester City after 90 minutes were better".

Gabriel Jesus stroked home to put City in front after a free-flowing start before the visitors doubled their lead from a controversial penalty.

Pochettino said: "Sometimes decisions go for us, sometimes against us".

Pochettino added: "The most important thing is to accept sometimes during the whole season it will go for you and sometimes it will go against you, so I will not complain".

"We missed the first 25 minutes", said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals next week. Because of the way we conceded the goals, yes, I am disappointed but [there is] nothing to worry about. "We have plenty still to come". Happy, and satisfied. Relaxed enough to declare he was going to play golf with his son rather than watch second-placed Manchester United play West Bromwich Albion in a match that will have implications on his team's ability to clinch the title. Before Tottenham had strung any sort of move together, Sterling drove a shot over when the target was there to be hit, and the excellent Kevin De Bruyne smashed one wide.

Spurs were left chasing shadows as the Blues knocked the ball around purposefully and with speed and after just four minutes, the visitors' superiority was so almost rewarded as Leroy Sane's sumptuous volley smacked against the inside of the post from Raheem Sterling's cross.

"The amount of goals, chances, points, to do that in the Premier League with the contenders that we have it is because the players are so, so good".

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany delivered a ideal pass to Gabriel Jesus in the 21st minute to break the deadlock. The referee pointed to the spot, however, and Gundogan rolled home the kick. 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.

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 gave the home side some belief that had been sorely lacking up to that point, and the team of the season did not look quite so invincible. Raheem Sterling squared the ball to Jesus before he was taken out by Lloris.