Tottenham Hotspur – Manchester City: Tottenham not able to punish City for sloppy second half (0-1)
Manchester City looked in total control of this match after scoring early, even though some defenders looked prone to personal errors. In the second half, Spurs could have taken advantage of the available spaces allowed by City. A bobbly pitch and not being able to field their star playmakers for more than fifteen minutes prevented them from scoring an equalizer.
Tottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino was not able to name Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to the starting line-up, as both players were not deemed fit enough for ninety minutes. Tottenham’s initial line-up thus contained very little creativity in the middle of the pitch. In their 4-2-3-1 formation, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko made up the line of three behind star striker Harry Kane.
Reigning champions Manchester City have such a broad, talented squad that manager Pep Guardiola can fill in his starting line-up and formations just how he wants. In this game, he chose a 4-3-3 without any surprises.
Tottenham’s new stadium is still under construction and as a result, Spurs are playing their home games at Wembley longer than expected. This fixture even had to be rescheduled from Sunday to Monday, because two other football teams were making use of Wembley on Sunday evening…
A little over twenty-four hours earlier, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles played an NFL match on the very same Wembley pitch. This meant that the field was completely torn up in the center and still showed marks of the yard lines used in the NFL, as well as the NFL logo in the middle circle. Apart from one very crucial moment – more on that later - it is hard . . .