By Daniel Davis For Mailonline
Published: 19:57 GMT, 2 February 2020 | Updated: 20:04 GMT, 2 February 2020
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola kept his beleaguered players locked in the dressing room for 45 minutes after suffering defeat against Tottenham - but revealed he hadn't criticised their largely dominant performance.
The Spaniard endured a frustrating evening in North London despite the reigning champions dictating play, and City's ailing campaign was further derailed after Spurs struck twice in the second half.
But after finally reappearing, Guardiola explained that he had instead simply spoken to his coaching staff, rather than held a heated inquest.
Pep Guardiola kept his players in the dressing room for 45 minutes after defeat at Tottenham
City squandered several golden opportunities to take the lead, with Sergio Aguero guilty of skewing wide from a matter of yards and Ilkay Gundogan seeing a penalty stopped by Hugo Lloris.
And after both teams reemerged from the interval, Tottenham continued to ride their luck before sensationally turning the tide of the game.
Debutant Steven Bergwijn swivelled and lashed home the hosts' opener, just two minutes after Oleksandr Zinchenko's clumsy dismissal,