Tottenham Hotspur came from behind twice at the Etihad to grab a point from the back-to-back reigning champions, Manchester City, yesterday evening.
Spurs were pegged back after an early onslaught from Pep Guardiola’s side, with Raheem Sterling nodding home a delicious cross from Kevin de Bruyne.
However, the lead only lasted four minutes as Lamela strolled forward and rather strangely side-footed the ball into the left-of-middle of the goal, with Ederson getting his angles all wrong.
Before half-time, Man City were leading again after some sloppy defending all-around let Sergio Aguero tap in from close range.
Lucas Moura was eventually the hero again, scoring a header from a corner just 19 seconds after coming on for Harry Winks.
The game wasn’t without late drama still though, as Gabriel Jesus scored a 3-2 winner in injury time, only for VAR to come out of nowhere and chalk it off for a Laporte handball.
Pochettino believes that his side have been unsettled by the late transfer window and admits that some stars may still leave before September 2.
However, he does claim that Spurs’ coaching staff are one of the best in the world at adapting to circumstances.
He said (Football London): “Yes, I think it’s not an excuse. I am not complaining about the situation, only explaining it. Of course, we still need to wait to see what happens with our squad. Maybe some players are still in a situation where things can happen. We are not a closed squad where nobody is going to move. Maybe nobody will move. The circumstances are that things are still open. The market in Europe makes things difficult in the way that we work and this type of situation doesn’t help the coaching staff to create a good dynamic.
“Of course, we are going to start our sixth season at Tottenham and I think we’re world champions at adapting ourselves to different circumstances. It’s a great experience. We are going to be one of the best coaching staffs in the world at adapting to circumstances. Today when you play against a team like Manchester City, with all the circumstances we have inside our team, I think 2-2 and a point is massive.
“Credit to the team and everyone who is working hard, trying to keep going, working, trying to not be focused on the circumstances, just positive, faith and hope. That is massive. I don’t know if people realise or not. I don’t care about that. Only that the circumstances are not the best and the challenge is massive. So happy because the will of the players, their commitment and with all the circumstances we’re trying to get a good result for the club and for our fans.”
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