Mauricio Pochettino concedes Tottenham were off the pace against Manchester City

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits his side struggled to deal with Manchester City in their 3-1 defeat and that the better side won.

Mauricio Pochettino held his hands up after Tottenham failed to land a glove on champions-elect Manchester City in their 3-1 defeat at Wembley.

Spurs had not tasted defeat in the Premier League since December’s meeting with Pep Guardiola’s side but goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling sealed a comprehensive City victory.

“We only started to compete after 2-0 down, we scored, but of course over 90 minutes Manchester City were better,” Pochettino said.

“We congratulate them, they are very close to winning the Premier League.

“After 14 games unbeaten for us today was a difficult game to play after three defeats in a row. But we missed the first 20 or 25 minutes.

“The way we conceded was disappointing, but there’s nothing to worry about. We are in the top four, we need to move on after this game.”

With fixtures against Brighton and an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on the horizon, Pochettino stressed it was no time panic after the defeat.

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“The most important thing now is to be ready for Tuesday,” he added.

“Myself and the players are disappointed the way we conceded goals but there is nothing to worry, we have to try and be ready to compete on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola was delighted with his side’s response to a bad week with a 3-1 win at Tottenham – and the City boss says he won’t be watching Manchester United play against West Brom.

“We are in the top four and doing so well and have a chance to finish in the top four and then we have the semi-final.

“There are plenty of things to think about after this game.”