They know good Kevin De Bruyne is and when they see how he runs and he fights for the ball that is the best example and he helps us to be a better club for the future.
Ten minutes in and Pep Guardiola's men were starting to pile the pressure on Spurs; a Sergio Aguero low drilled effort forcing a rapid diving save from Hugo Lloris, only for Rahem Sterling to blaze the follow up over the bar.
"They deserved the victory completely".
"It was solid, good, against one team demanding to be intense without the ball", Guardiola said.
British media reports have said City are targeting Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, while Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez has also been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium.
"Since August we are so happy and I admire the most the way we play without the ball - thank you to the club to provide me with these incredible players". "We must learn, because one day we want to be in a position to win the Premier League, but today was a big lesson for us", Pochettino added. "Obviously City are doing very well, that's why they are first in the table", Mata told reporters.
City had set a new Premier League record with their 15th win in a row in midweek and now they have their sights set on surpassing Guardiola's personal best of 19 successive league wins with Bayern Munich.
"I don't think we face any psychological issues", Pochettino said.
"But in the way that we try to play I feel relaxed because we tried; we tried to develop our philosophy, and our idea".
When it was suggested that some players might want success now, Pochettino said: "Exactly, that is the problem". I thought we did an incredible job and could've scored a lot more goals, incredible performance and we are happy to beat a team like Tottenham.
City's relentless form, and the spellbinding quality of their football, has led some observers to suggest they could be the finest team England has ever seen.
"You can feel in the atmosphere after the Brighton game that they're so excited".
"It's not that we need to be fearless".
"It's a massive game and a massive challenge for everyone".
"Most of the players grew up there, so I think English football can be pleased with what this manager has done with these players, helping the national team to be better".