Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City faced off for the third time in the space of ten days this afternoon, with City emerging victorious on this occasion.
An early Phil Foden goal inside five minutes was enough the decide the match, despite Tottenham creating numerous chances to equalise and maybe even carve a lead.
Here are five things we learned from the match-
Many fans will have seen today as a free game for Tottenham in their pursuit of the top four. After Spurs bester Man City in the Champions League, it seemed unlikely that they would be able to tame the beast again. However, Spurs actually played the game extremely well, despite their many injuries, and could have take points from the tie if they had taken their chances. Lucas Moura and Sonny both had numerous shots at goal that could have gone in on another day.
Four wins needed-
Tottenham have four games left this season, including three home fixtures and an away visit to Bournemouth. Spurs will need four wins out of four if they are to confidently secure Champions League football for next season.
Moura and Son-
With Harry Kane likely out for the rest of the season, it was vital that Tottenham find some other avenues for goals. Luckily, both Son and Moura look on it in this season run in. Both wingers were keen to get on the ball, run in behind, and take shots today. This followed Sons three against City home and away in the Champions League, and Moura’s hat trick against Huddersfield. Good signs for Spurs.
Foyth was class-
After suffering a nervy first five minutes in which Raheem Sterling skipped by him a couple of times, Juan Foyth was absolutely class at right back today. Playing out of position, the young Argentine did well to adapt , especially up against two of the League’s best wingers in Sterling and Sane. A really mature and positive performance from the youngster.
Dele Alli wasted-
Unfortunately, due to injuries at the moment, Dele Alli is forced to play a much deeper midfield position. While this is necessary at this moment in time, it does nullify Alli’s main threat, which is his goals and assists around the final third. Hopefully Spurs can get Winks and Sissoko back as soon as possible in order to allow Poch to play Alli back in a role closer to a number 10.
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