Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga is looking ahead to Thursday’s Europa League game against Wolfsberg, after a difficult afternoon against Manchester Citu at the Etihad.

City put three past Spurs on Tanganga’s first league appearance of the season, with the in-form Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri making their trip north a difficult one.

Speaking to the club website after the match, Tanganga said he was hoping to move on and look ahead to European competition instead.

“As a defender, as well as you play, it’s never nice to concede one goal, let alone three,” he said. “I’m happy to make my first appearance in the Premier League this season but we need to look back at it as a team and see where we can do better, but we move on to the next one on Thursday.”

Tanganga had the difficult task of marking both Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden during the game. He hopes he showed enough during the match, despite the result, for boss Jose Mourinho to put his faith in him again soon.

“They are two quality players and the thing with them is, the more time you give them, or if you are back peddling and dive in, that gives them a chance because they’ve got quick brains, quick feet, you have to watch the ball at all times, concentrate and work with the team, talking together,” he said.

“As a young player, to play in these games is not something you can take for granted. It shows trust that the manager puts you in this magnitude of game, so I needed to approach it right, be aggressive and know these guys are where they are for a reason.

“We started well, we had a plan, the more time you give them on the ball they are going to get that momentum, so we knew we had to get after them, press them and we started well, but the penalty changed the game.”