Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said Manchester City should have taken control in stoppage time to deny Tottenham Hotspur any late scoring opportunities in the Premier League champions' 3-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City twice came back from a goal down and looked favourite to claw out a dramatic late victory, but Spurs striker Harry Kane's header in the sixth minute of added time clinched victory for the London club.

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Gundogan, who captained City on the night, rued his side's lack of caution in the dying embers of the game, and said City should have settled for a draw instead of leaving themselves vulnerable by going for the win.

"We moved the ball quite well. We created a lot of chances to score even more goals," Gundogan told Manchester City's website. "Unfortunately, we sometimes gave them the ball too easily to be on the counter-attack and have possibilities.

"I feel like when you score in the 92nd minute to draw, you need to take a result. You don't take any more chances.

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"We had a few more minutes and we knew we had chances and we are able to score one goal always, but it needs to be in a more controlling way, with the way we approached it."

City, which faces Everton on Feb. 26, has a six-point lead over second-placed Liverpool, but has played one more game.