Manchester City - Tottenham (4-2): The 6 lessons to be learned from the Citizens' crazy comeback

Manchester City managed to overthrow Tottenham (4-2). Despite a big possession as often, Pep Guardiola’s men cracked twice at the end of the first period. Ederson offered the first production to Dusan Kulusevski on a plate and Emerson Royal doubled the bet afterwards.

At the start of the second half, Julian Alvarez put his team back on the right track with a goal from close range following an error of judgment by Hugo Lloris. Erling Haaland followed up a few seconds later by shooting his head on a millimeter serve from Riyad Mahrez. In the process, it was the Algerian international who scored twice to complete the comeback of the Citizens.

This success allows City to keep in touch with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, the Spurs they sink a little deeper into the soft belly.

Rico Lewis

Rico Lewis did not make task. / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Rico Lewis still saved his team from a ready-made goal from Ivan Perisic on the hour mark. In the game, his contribution was important in the transition and to recover from a few relevant faults and brought his liveliness. A young right side who did not work among the stars and in a difficult context.

Lewis did not tremble and even illustrated himself with good movements in the rare opposing space.

Dejan Kulusevsky

Tottenham were incisive. / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Without being very enterprising, the Spurs had the opportunity to score two fox goals and attempt a few counterattacks. Their aggressiveness made it possible to register the two achievements and to start some well thought out accelerations.

Unfortunately, that’s not enough to make them an impressive and well-rehearsed team for the title. The pressing was good but was easily interfered with by Guardiola’s tactical changes. What a sad face all the same…

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte didn’t offer anything but was right. / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Antonio Conte’s tactics were still dusty and worthy of the dinosaurs. We wait behind, we are aggressive on the ball carrier and we hope for mistakes to transform them. We see a lot of such organizations in Ligue 1… Manchester City almost gave reason to this defensive system without creativity or risk taking.

The blunders intervened, Pep Guardiola fumed and the vice tightened. Unfortunately for the Spurs, this was not enough to contain a nice Mancunian reaction.


Ederson made a big dumpling. / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Ederson was again the author of a beautiful dumpling during this reception of Tottenham. His very daring pass put Rodri in difficulty immediately losing the ball. Obviously Dusan Kulusevski punished the Citizens within seconds of a cross strike.

On the second goal, the Brazilian goalkeeper was also uninspired to put the ball back in the center on an axial and unsurprising strike from Harry Kane. Two actions almost offered by him, especially the first even if Ederson seemed to accuse his environment in vain.

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris was still bad. / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Hugo Lloris will end up giving reason to the tongues of vipers. As much as the criticisms were not really justified during the 2022 World Cup, As much for a few games, the ex-French international has not been helping his Tottenham teammates.

Lloris was the author of a failed outing in the first period and reproduced the thing in the second. Julian Alvarez took advantage of it. On the third goal, Riyad Mahrez managed to deceive him flush with his first post, his placement still raised questions. On the fourth too, its exit was still unjustified…

Riyadh Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez sounded the revolt. / Michael Regan/GettyImages

After a complicated first period, Manchester City’s attack sounded the revolt from the start. Very quickly, the pressing was applied very high to prevent the opposing defense from reviving with its passing triangles. We used the corridors a lot more and Rodri’s long game in the spaces. The presence in the surface of the two citizens points concluded the whole thing.

Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland then Riyad Mahrez scored the four goals on school actions. The Algerian international distributed an assist and scored a saving double. Jack Grealish was a little more discreet, little accompanied by Nathan Aké.

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