Lord Sugar criticises Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli

Lord Sugar criticises Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli

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.

Quoted on the club's website, he said: "When you play against these type of teams - and for me, Manchester City is the best in the Premier League - you can not concede and provide the opportunity for them to play like they played in the first 25 minutes".

After their limp Champions League exit against Liverpool, a City collapse against Tottenham would have had the critics carping that Guardiola has no Plan B when things go wrong. Left-back Danny Rose is out of action with a calf injury.

Saints led 2-0 with 20 minutes remaining through Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek.

The Argentinian was particularly scathing about the types of goals conceded by his side against City, adding: "We conceded from a long ball, a penalty that wasn't and a set-piece - goals we can't concede". "I think we need to keep pushing, winning games and a massive three points against Manchester City", he said.

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.

Eriksen was also vital in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Stoke, scoring one and setting up Harry Kane for the victor. Benjamin Mendy is stepping up his recovery but he is a couple of weeks away from first-team action.

City were labouring towards a second consecutive draw when Raheem Sterling's deflected strike dolloped past Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to seal a 2-1 win in a breathless finale at the Vitality Stadium in August.

The move allowed City a foundation to bag the decisive third goal that all but sealed the title.

Kane at least returned the favour as Eriksen scored in the 42nd minute.

In the 52nd minute, Referee Jon Moss stopped the game for a moment after Dele Alli was knocked down and needed medical attention before the game resumed in the 54th minute. Jesus nearly got the third goal but he blasted it in the 63rd minute, both managers made their first changes as Nicolas Otamendi replaced Sane and for Tottenham, Heug min Son was brought in for Erik Lamela. Incidentally, it was City who beat them last.

The Blues were finding their second wind but again, a great opportunity wasn't taken as Kyle Walker's low cross was palmed out by Lloris to Sterling who skipped around the keeper but hesitated before seeing his shot cleared by one of the three defenders on the line.

"My goal was to win games so if it was a goal, it was a goal".