Several Man City players below Pep Guardiola's desired level, says Jamie Carragher

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola applauds the fans after the Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.
Image: Several Man City players are not at Pep Guardiola's desired level, says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester City have several players below Pep Guardiola's desired level after their 2-0 defeat by Tottenham.

Aleksandar Kolarov's own goal before Dele Alli's second gave Spurs all three points on Nissan Super Sunday, ending City's unbeaten start to the campaign under Guardiola.

And after the game on Sky Sports, Carragher criticised Kolarov for his showing at White Hart Lane, and insists City have a problem in the full-back areas.

Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Sergio Aguero during the match at White Hart Lane
Image: Guardiola gives instructions to Sergio Aguero during the match

"I said before the game I expected Spurs to get something from the game and that air of invincibility about Manchester City needs to go away because they've got some players who aren't at the best level.

"They've got some of the best players in the league in Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero but there are two or three others who are nowhere near that level.

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Tottenham 2-0 Man City

"If you look at the back four and how poor it was. John Stones did well but if you look at the left-back, Kolarov, he's a poser.

"He wants to score a free-kick, he wants to hit a 60-yard pass. Have you seen him defend? He was involved in the two goals.

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"There is no doubt that City have problem in the full-back areas and it's games like today which will make Guardiola think there are still changes to be made."

Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov (L) watches his attempted clearance bounce into the net for an own goal during the English Premier Le
Image: Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov scores an own goal

Spurs' win means they stay unbeaten in the league this season, sitting a point behind City in second place in the Premier League.

Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry says Mauricio Pochettino's side asked City all the right questions, something no other Premier League team has done this season.

"If you ask Manchester City the right questions they are going to be in trouble.

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola admitted that Tottenham were much better than his side

"Spurs are the first team we've seen do that to them in the Premier League this season and City didn't have the answers so you have to give Spurs a lot of credit, they were brilliant today.

"Pep Guardiola will have learned that not all of his players are at the level he would want them to be at over the next 12 months."

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