Pep Guardiola said Tottenham are the most physical opponent he has faced in his career following Manchester City 1-0 win.
Riyad Mahrez fired City back to the top of the Premier League at Wembley on an emotional night when he celebrated his goal by pointing to the sky in dedication to his former Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday night.
Mahrez’s goal proved the difference on a Wembley pitch that hosted an NFL game on Sunday, and Guardiola was pleased to come through the match with all three points.
It was far from a vintage performance from the champions but they could have scored further goals, with Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Sergio Aguero all missing chances.
“It was a good victory against a tough opponent, the most physical opponent I have faced in my career,” Guardiola said. “It was a good game in difficult conditions with the pitch.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola said there was never any option Mahrez would not play at Wembley.
The Spaniard added: “All of us spoke with him and asked him how he feels. It was a big loss for all of the families in Leicester and Riyad was part of that for many, many years.
“Of course it was tough but I didn’t have to speak to him in terms of how he felt about playing because I know how competitive he is and how he likes to play in big events and big stages and sometimes playing helps, not to forget but to live it in a better way.”