Tottenham suffered their first Premier League defeat since December 2017 as Manchester City won 3-1 at Wembley. It was City that last defeated us in the competition and even though they were coming into the game on the back of a horror week, Pep Guardiola’s men started brightly.
Raheem Sterling was a thorn to our side but it was Gabriel Jesus who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. The away side were given a dubious penalty as Hugo Lloris took down Sterling but replays showed that the contact was outside the box.
Ilkay Gundogan scored from the spot to make it 2-0 but we did get one back in the 42nd minute as Christian Eriksen scored.
We tried our level best to get back into the game but City got the third. Sterling scored after a save from Lloris and ensured that City went one victory closer to the Premier League title.
Tottenham are now three points behind Liverpool with a game in hand but they have a better goal difference than us. We would have to prepare for another tough game, this time against Brighton, and then face Manchester United on Saturday for the FA Cup semi-final.
There were a few players that were actually decent in the game against the Cityzens and here are the ratings.
Lloris might have given away the debatable penalty but he did make a couple of good saves to keep us in the game. Some might claim he should have done better with the third goal but he was unsighted and Sterling did react quicker than the Frenchman.
Our right-back had some troubles with Leroy Sane but got better eventually. Trippier had a couple of decent blocks but was toyed around by the opposition.
The former Ajax man had a nightmare as he was responsible for losing Jesus for the first goal. He also got into a mix-up with Ben Davies for the third goal, showing his inexperience for once.
Vertonghen was one of our better players on the night and was always joining the attack despite us conceding three goals.
Davies tried his best but was not able to produce the right end product. The Welshman did have a couple of bright spots as he blocked a shot off sterling but his tackle on Vincent Kompany was a horror one, to say the least.
Dembele was another player that was good in the game and City had a tough time dealing with his control in the midfield. He was taken off in the second half of the game after we conceded the third goal.
The Englishman struggled a lot in this game and just could not break any of City’s attacks down. He didn’t have a positive impact on the game like he normally does.
It was a surprise seeing Lamela start in place of Son Heung-min. The Argentine did hassle the opposition a lot but that did not faze City at all and he was replaced by Son as we looked for more goals.
Eriksen was a little lucky with the goal as it deflected off him. The Dane was good but didn’t reach the heights that we normally associate him with.
Alli had a poor outing. The Englishman struggled to get into the game and just could not get anything going in the attack.
Kane was marshalled really well by the City defence and could not get a goal to keep up with Mohamed Salah in the Premier League golden boot race.
Son didn’t really get much in the game even though we were looking for his brilliance to shine against a stellar defence.
Moura had a good showing in the game and even tested Ederson with a decent shot. The Brazilian should start a few games for us before the season ends.
The Frenchman was brought on late in the game but couldn’t really make a difference as we looked to get another goal.
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