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“That is their strength with the height, the physicality is their strength. If you want to control the game against them, you have to control this. We did not do that today.

“We needed more composure and to control the game emotionally better. We gave away so many unnecessary free-kicks, and that’s what they want.”

He added: “This is not going to be a rose pathway. This is going to be tricky, and we will have to dig in and play much better than we did today.”

Man City will close the gap to just two points, albeit having played a game more, if they defeat Tottenham in north London on Sunday.

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