Five things we learned from the 2-2 draw with Man City at the Etihad

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Lucas Moura
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Tottenham Hotspur have done it again! A late late VAR call ruled out a Man City 3-2 winner at the Etihad to grant Spurs a point away from home.

Erik Lamela cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s header in the first half, before Man City took the lead again late in the first 45 thanks to Aguero.

Lucas Moura was then subbed on with half an hour to ago and scored a header from a corner within 30 seconds to earn his side a valuable point.

Here are five things we learned from the match:

Tottenham did not deserve to win –

I see this as a positive. Tottenham Hotspur were outclassed in every single way out there today, but still came away with a point. If Spurs can get a draw at the Etihad on a bad day, I would love to see what they can do once they reach top gear.

Lo Celso Debut –

It slipped under the radar, but Giovani Lo Celso made his debut today against the Citizens with ten minutes or so left on the clock. There wasn’t much to report in terms of his involvement, but it at least puts down a marker that Poch plans to integrate him into the side before long.

Tough day for Kyle Walker-Peters –

It wasn’t the easiest second game of the season for Kyle Walker-Peters, but then again, he was up against Raheem Sterling. It would be tough to say that the 22-year-old has taken to his new first-team role like a duck to water, but there are definitely promising signs amongst the nervy moments.

I’m all for VAR –

I don’t see what the fuss is about this new VAR thing, it seems great! The match today had shades of the Champions League quarter-final against City at the Etihad last season. On that day, Raheem Sterling had a late winner ruled out for offside, while today Jesus’ winner was pulled up for a Laporte handball. You love to see it!

Huge result –

Not many teams will be getting anything at the Etihad this season, so Tottenham should be incredibly happy with their point there today. Games away to the top six have been Tottenham’s downfall in recent seasons, but could this be a marker for change?

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  1. Yes, I agree with your first point that coming away with a 2 – 2 draw in spite of being dominated so much is a good sign. Away against the EPL Champions, that game could well be our toughest opposition of the whole season! With Son, Verts and Alli out and playing at about 60 percent of our best… and we still didn’t lose!

    As for VAR, well I think one guy summed it up nicely when he said that VAR is killing the game because it takes away that one moment in the week one can forget about all the trials and tribulations of their life to enjoy a brief moment of euphoria and ecstasy when their team scores a winning goal.

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