City and Spurs split point at the Etihad.


A half of missed chances:

Man City walked into the pitch with the intention of making a statement after their humiliating loss at the hands of Everton last week. But it looked as if it was going to be another bad day at the office for Pep Guardiola as his men missed numerous chances to take the lead. Otamendi, Zabaleta, Aguero and De Bruyne all missed good chances to put their side in the lead. And Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris also played an important part in the first half. He made a couple of good saves to keep Spurs in the match, as City had every intention to run away with the points.

Finally goals, a couple of them:

City finally made the breakthrough courtesy of Leroy Sane as Lloris tried a headed clearance but somehow he missed and Sane perfectly capitalises on the mistake by putting the ball in the empty net. The man who kept Spurs in the game in the first half had just been piling up errors in the second half. He made another one as he drops an inbound cross into the feet of Kevin De Bruyne and the Belgian obliged by adding his name to the scoresheet.

Spurs pulled one back in the 59th minute thanks to none other than Deli Alli after he headed the ball from a beautiful cross put in by Walker. But Spurs were not yet down and out. Just seconds after City were denied a penalty claim get their all important equalizer than to a nicely placed shot by Heung-Min Son.

City’s new signing Gabriel Jesus was introduced into the match by Guardiola, to get the winner. And he did just that when he tapped home a cross from De Bruyne. But his frantic celebration was short lived as he was flagged offside by the linesman, and rightly so.

Spurs up for a title race:

Spurs had just 6 shots on target compared to City’s 17. But Spurs managed to grab 2 goals from those 6 shots. And that is all that mattered. The draw drags City one more step away from the title race, while Spurs move one step closer. Spurs are now just 6 points away from the top spot and they will be hoping that Chelsea slips up in today’s match.

Drifting from the pack:

City are currently going through a really bad patch as they have two defeats and one draw in their last 5 matches and are constantly drifting away from the top three. And with rivals Manchester United breathing down their neck it is going to be a very tense and nervy few month for Pep Guardiola.