Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was left to rue a “brilliant” goalkeeping display by Manchester City shot-stopper Joe Hart after his side’s 1-0 loss to City on Sunday.
City were dethroned as English Premier League champions after this season’s champions Chelsea beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge to secure the title in their league match earlier that day.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side responded with a narrow league victory at White Hart Lane, with striker Sergio Aguero’s 28th goal of the season securing the three points.
Hart made a string of saves to deny Spurs, and Aguero’s goal – his eighth in his last four games against Tottenham – proved to be the difference, much to Pochettino’s frustration.
“I feel proud of our players. The performance was very good and we deserved much more. But the effort was brilliant,” he told BBC.
“We had three or four chances in the first five minutes, but when you play Manchester City, you need to score when you get those chances.
“Joe Hart was brilliant. He was the man of the match, and the difference between the teams.
“We had a chance to score from a corner, and there was a good counter-attack from City and finish from Aguero. Our mentality is to attack the opposing goals. I think we were a little unlucky.
“Aguero is a brilliant player. The chance that he had, he scored. But we are disappointed.”