Aleksandar Kolarov scores horror own goal against Tottenham

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It was just two months ago that Pep Guardiola claimed it was difficult to find a better centre-back than Aleksandar Kolarov - a left-back by trade.

Ahead of Manchester City's 3-1 win over West Ham on August 28, he said: "I know he's a left-back but how he played against Sunderland and against Steaua [Bucuresti] at home, as a central defender it’s difficult to find a better one than him.

"He's strong in the air, his passes through the lines in the build-up, his long passes to the right winger... he has everything to play in that position.


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"After three, four days together I asked Mikel [Arteta] and Rodolfo [Borrell] if they think if he can play there - it's hard to find a centre back who can play with his left foot.

"We agreed and we're convinced he has the ability to do that. He can do everything and he's a great professional - we're happy to have another option to play in that position."

Well, following Kolarov's horror - and hilarious - own goal against Tottenham on Sunday, Guardiola might just be regretting what he said.

From Danny Rose's cross down the left, Kolarov attempted to clear the ball but somehow directed the ball into the top-right corner of his own goal (see below).

It was a comical moment from a player who is usually so reliable.

Kolarov's own goal - which came in the ninth minute - gave Tottenham a deserved lead after an energetic start to the clash. 

Maurcio Pochettino's men harbour an ambition of challenging for the Premier League title this season and securing victory over the league leaders would be a statement of intent.

However, this is Manchester City we're talking about. The Citizens had won each of their first six games this season heading into the game at White Hart Lane, scoring an unrivalled 18 goals in the process.

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