Ilkay Gundogan, who started at the base of midfield alongside Fernandinho against Spurs, criticised City's approach in the game, saying they were "not fearless enough" and are "too nervous" in the Champions League.
"We made a decision to play a different type of game but, in general, the game was really, really good".
"Sometimes we have made decisions that are hard to understand but, because we won, everybody said we were geniuses. We know what we are playing for and we are going to prepare well", added Guardiola.More news: United Kingdom parliament very likely to consider new Brexit referendum: Hammond - International
"That's true (it is a risky game)", said Guardiola. "We were there and in control, in that situation. They helped us to achieve those two incredible victories, they were so important and we hope they will help us again on Saturday in the same way". The difference is at Schalke, Leroy [Sane] put it in the top corner form 30 yards and at Tottenham we missed a penalty. "We did quite well".
"He can say whatever he wants", Guardiola said.
On the same day, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was shoved by a spectator who had entered the field during a Premier League game at Arsenal. It can be a hard game because you don't know how they're going to approach it and the most important thing is to be focused on our performance. We reacted quite well, we were mentally strong and the team was stable.More news: Harry and Meghan to keep birth of their baby private
"We didn't want to concede a counter-attack, where they are stronger than us. Unfortunately we couldn't score but we have the second leg with our friends at home and we'll go for the semi-finals".
City will attempt to overturn the deficit against Spurs in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, but first have to contend with a trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. "We knew it from weeks ago, how it would be between these important games and Tottenham in the Champions League".
Pep Guardiola says he "absolutely" does not agree with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan's scathing assessment of Manchester City's performance in their midweek Champions League defeat to Tottenham. "Selhurst Park is always hard because of the stadium and the quality of the players".More news: What Did You Think Of Student Of The Year 2 Trailer?