Tottenham’s season is becoming remarkably predictable against the top teams. As a team Spurs worked hard to stem the early flow of attacks from Manchester City and although conceding in the 15th minute they didn’t buckle under the continued assault and managed to claw their way into the game that by half-time it looked possible that in the second half they might make a game of it.
In the first half, in defence it was very much all hands on deck as they endeavoured to counter the constant movement of City’s strikers and midfield players. Hugo Lloris made an outstanding save from an Aguero header from a cross from the left to keep Spurs in the game and from falling further behind. In midfield, initially, Spurs struggled to cope with City’s power and strength along with their skilful movement and passing. As the half wore on, however, the Spurs players became more competitive to meet the challenge they were facing and managed to be only a goal down at the interval. In attack Spurs created very little as so much of their energy and effort was spent in trying to stop the City threat. Christian Eriksen delivered a number of dangerous free-kicks and corners into the City area, and from one Dawson had the ball in the net but the ‘goal’ was disallowed.
The second half turned and Spurs’ challenge ended with the penalty award and dismissal of Danny Rose in the 49th minute. Reduced to ten men, there was no chance of Spurs combating the City forward drive for over 40 minutes, especially when they conceded a third goal, three minutes after the penalty. They battled in their efforts to stop City and Etienne Capoue managed to pull a goal back but after that City toyed with them, retaining possession and eventually as the Spurs players tired from their exertions, added two more in the final fifteen minutes.
Who Earned Their Tottenham “Spurs’?