What we learned from Tottenham's 2-0 loss against Manchester City

There was plenty of off-field narrative before, during and after this game, but here is a piece on what we learned on the pitch.
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

We learned that there was a reason Bayern Munich was after Radu Dragusin. The Romanian Centre-Back impressed in a rare opportunity to start.

Dragusin helped Spurs' build up massively, helping to evade the intense Manchester City press on a number of occasions. Per SofaScore, Dragusin had 88 touches and made 67 succesful passes.

He also won 6/8 ground duels was successful in his singular aerial duel, and made 2 interceptions as well as 4 tackles (SofaScore).

The back four of Pedro Porro - Cristian Romero - Radu Dragusin - Micky Van De Ven will surely be trialed out in South Yorkshire on Sunday as Spurs take on Sheffield United. This is the clear back four that Ange must play to give Spurs their best chance at securing a fifth-place finish.

We learned that Brennan Johnson deserves more time to prove himself. He showed he can be a creative threat, particularly against high lines. The Welsh forward created 3 chances and 2 big chances created on Tuesday night, taking his big chances-created tally to 12 for the Premier League season (SofaScore).

Johnson has had plenty of critics over the season, but the aforementioned 12 big chances created, coupled with 5 goals in 25 Premier League starts (SofaScore) could be a worse return for a player of his age in a new team.

Finally, we learned (or remembered) that Spurs are a good team, and have serious potential under Ange Postecoglu. Some of the football being played in the first half was breathtakingly good and showed what Spurs are capable of.

James Maddison looked like his pre-injury self, creating four chances, drawing four fouls, and winning seven out of his eight ground duels (SofaScore).

As touched on earlier, Spurs' build-up play was superb, and Centre-Back duo Romero and Dragusin were a big part of that. Romero is up there with the best in the league for his on-ball attributes, consistently carrying or passing his way out of danger under the City press.

Spurs will need reinforcements this summer, undoubtedly, but there is a nucleus for Ange to build around heading into next season. A core of Guglielmo Vicario, Pedro Porro, Cristian Romero, Micky Van De Ven, Destiny Udogie, Pape Sarr, and Heung Min-Son to be built around new signings and current squad members that could play their way into the starting line-up.

There has been plenty of progress made this season and there is plenty to look forward to in the summer and next season.