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Spurs are the best team in the EPL: Pep

Press Association logoPress Association 21/01/2017

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailed Tottenham as the best team in the English Premier League after they staged a late comeback to earn a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

After a goalless first half, City raced into a two-goal advantage within 10 minutes of the restart after Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne capitalised on two Hugo Lloris mistakes in the Spurs goal.

Dele Alli halved the deficit before a moment of controversy as Raheem Sterling appeared to be pushed when through on goal by Spurs defender Kyle Walker.

The incident went unnoticed by referee Andre Mariner - with Son Heung-min equalising from the resulting counter-attack.

But Guardiola was in complementary mood to Mauricio Pochettino's side, while ruing his team's missed chances and having a slight dig at the match officials.

"They know when they play well because they were aggressive, but I would like to say we played well with and without the ball," the City boss told BT Sport.

"Tottenham are by far the best when you let them play, when you let them play they are the best team in the league.

"We played really good but we missed a lot of chances and when that happens you cannot win."

On the penalty incident, the Spaniard said: "He said that he pushed him. So thank you Kyle Walker for being honest. So I appreciate."

Spurs boss Pochettino was delighted with his team's character as they fought back to earn a valuable point.

"They were better in the first half. It was difficult for us in the first half and we conceded a lot of chances but the second half, I think we were a little bit better and had more energy before we conceded the two goals," the Tottenham manager told BT Sport.

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