Manchester City players found themselves locked up in the dressing room by a furious Pep Guardiola after a 2-0 mauling at the Tottenham Stadium on Sunday.
The Citizens were architects of their own downfall following their wastefulness the entire game including a missed penalty in the first half; Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty that Spurs custodian Hugo Lloris pounced on with the games poised 0-0.
Guardiola locked up his squad for around 45 minutes, after second half goals from new boy Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son left Liverpool just six wins away from their first-ever Premier League title.
City also lost defender Oleksandr Zinchenko to a second yellow card but Guardiola was coy on the meeting.
“I was talking with my staff, my wife, and some players. I don’t have too many things to say about the performance,” the Spaniard told Skysports’ Geoff Shreeves.
The 49-year-old also refused to criticise his players following the sixth league loss of the season.
“How should I be critical of my players with this performance? With this performance it would be an incredible mistake to point to them and say how bad they are, it is not true.
Manchester City are second on the English Premier League log with 51 points, 22 off runaway leaders Liverpool who thrashed strugglers Southampton 4-0 at Anfield on Saturday.