De Bruyne's goal - his seventh of the season - occurred moments after he had been left in a heap by an ugly ankle-high challenge from Dele Alli, who escaped with only a booking.
"He's a special guy in terms of having the ball, but he's also someone who arrives really well in the box, as he did for the goal today", Guardiola said of Gundogan. The performance of Kevin De Bruyne, you can not imagine how good he plays with the ball, but he runs like a player in the Conference league. "The performance of Kevin de Bruyne, you can not imagine how good he plays with the ball, but he runs like a player in the Conference league - it is easier for the manager and the club". "We are so satisfied for the mentality, winning 15 games and now another one".
Praising the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners for allowing him to assemble such a talented team, Guardiola said: "We are on a good streak".
I thought we did an incredible job and could've scored a lot more goals, incredible performance and we are happy to beat a team like Tottenham.
"He helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future".
Rumours emerged that it was baby-related, but Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee confirmed that was untrue, but whatever the situation surrounding his absence, Kevin De Bruyne apparently paid tribute to his teammate during the game, according to the Telegraph.
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Chelsea's win saw them move into third place, 11 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who were hosting Tottenham Hotspur in the late match .
Gundogan was making just his second Premier League start since a crucuiate knee ligament injury suffered a year ago last Thursday.
"Look, I'm not going to talk about individual names today because it's not fair", said the Argentinian, whose team slipped from fourth to seventh.
"Without the ball we are a humble team".
"I was a bit surprised that I was free [for the goal]".
"Some giggles followed before he added: "[Ask me about matters] on the pitch, you know.transfer window is for winter time.