Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou praised his team for the self-belief they showed in the second half of their incident-packed 3-3 draw at Manchester City.

Dejan Kulusevski's late header earned Spurs a point from a thrilling match in which they trailed 2-1 at the interval.

Postecoglou told Sky Sports: "It was an entertaining game. We were lucky to be in it at half-time to be fair, City could have blown us away during that period, similar to us last week against Aston Villa.

"We hung in there second half a lot better, a lot more control, a lot more belief in the team, and we get our reward for that which is great for the lads."

Asked about what he had said to his team at the break, Postecoglou said: "I don't want to be unfair on the players, it wasn't anger at them. It was more trying to get them to believe in themselves a little bit more than they did in the first half.

"It's not easy - I'm always mindful that on the touchline, everything looks very simple, but out there when you're facing an unbelievable football team, it's difficult.

"It was just a message to them that, whatever happens, I'll take responsibility for, particularly if it doesn't go well, but go out there and just believe in ourselves, and I think they did that second half."

The game ended in controversy when play was initially allowed to go on after Erling Haaland was fouled as he played Jack Grealish through on goal before it was then called back.

City boss Pep Guardiola said when asked about that: "Next question. I will not do a Mikel Arteta comment.

"The referee - they whistle after they said 'OK, play on'. After the pass, whistle, so this is what I do not understand, this action.

"It was a good game, that is the most important thing, and it is a pity, because I had the feeling we made an incredible performance in all departments, against a really good team and manager and how they play.

"We created a lot of chances, we were aggressive, incredibly concentrated, and the feeling that we still want to be there. It is a pity. But football is like life, sometimes you do not get what you deserve."

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