Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur : 5 Talking Points From The Match
Spurs choke at Etihad
Pep Guardiola’s blue and white army looks unstoppable this season after putting up a glittering showcase of exquisite football to thrash visitors and league contenders Tottenham Hotspurs 4-1, leading the title race by a mammoth 14 points ahead of local rivals Manchester United who have one game left to play against West Bromwich Albion later today. Tottenham were the ones who broke Man City’s last year’s winning run. Spurs also hold a unique record of winning the most away games at Manchester City (10) than they have against any other Premier League team.
Here’s the 5 talking points of today’s big game:-
1. Mangala settling in well than expected: –
With Man City captain Vincent Kompany sidelined due to match fitness issues and John Stones pulling off a hamstring last month and unavailable too, it was Eliaquim Mangala’s chance to step up and impress his manager. Pep has also shown enough belief on the 26 year old French international, giving him regular match action off late and it must be said that he has not disappointed. Few thought Harry Kane would find it hard to penetrate a back line consisting of Mangala, Otamendi and Deplh but the Frenchman showed just why he deserves a place in the team, giving Pep more options to think about once everyone is fit again.
2. No Silva, no problem: –
With David Silva missing this important game due to personal issues, Pep opted to line up versatile German Ilkay Gundogan with Kevin de Bruyne in the midfield. The ex- Dortmund player did not disappoint as he scored an easy header past Hugo Lloris to open City’s account in the 14th minute from a brilliant corner dispatched by his German teammate Leroy Sane. This was Ilkay’s first goal since his return after his nasty injury last year which side-lined him for about 6 months.
3. Ederson’s pinpoint accuracy: –
Manchester City’s new Brazilian recruit Ederson from Benfica this season has made a great start at his club, following his stellar performances against Man United last weekend. With great passing attributes and pinpoint goal kick dispatches, he put up a scintillating show this time too, with his kicks reaching City forwards precisely in the opposition half proving why he was handpicked by Guardiola to be his team’s prime shot stopper.
4. Kane still struggling in big matches:
Harry Kane disappointed yet again as he could not find the back of the net once again, proving to be quite of a hiccup in big matches. The 24 year old English sensation has 12 goals in his name, but has yet again failed to make a statement against top 6 oppositions.
5. Sterling becoming deadly in the final quarter: –
Raheem Sterling’s rejuvenated form under Pep Guardiola this season seems to have coming to life yet again as the 22- year old winger found the back of the net twice in the final ten minutes of the game, proving to be a big match decider. His late strikes have won 3 matches for the rampaging City side this season, most notably against Bournemouth and Southampton which goes to prove why this City side is so dangerous even when the game looks to finish.