Tottenham’s chances of finishing 3rd in the Premier League took a big blow as we were defeated 3-1 by Manchester City at Wembley in a pulsating game.
The talk before the match was about City coming back from three defeats in three games and the away side started with a raging fire within them.
Pep Guardiola went attacking again and City bypassed our midfield too easily, to be honest. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after a long ball from Vincent Kompany.
One became two quickly when Raheem Sterling was brought down by Hugo Lloris and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. However, replays suggested that the contact was outside the box.
Ilkay Gundogan scored from the resultant spot kick but we were given a lifeline when Christian Eriksen bundled in a goal in the 42nd minute.
We tried our best to break down the City defence in the second half but it was Sterling who scored the final goal of the game and made it 3-1 to the away team.
Tottenham have to dust themselves back up as they face Brighton in the league this midweek before facing Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Twitter was ablaze with comments regarding the game and here are some of the reactions.
Match v Brighton every bit as important as Man City. Win Tuesday, and tonight is forgotten #coys
— Come on You Spurs (@spursfan365) April 14, 2018
Disappointing evening. But hey, it’s our first loss in the league in 2018 – can’t win them all. Pick ourselves back up now on Tuesday and we’ve got a massive cup semi-final to win next weekend. Just want that FA Cup; so, so much. Up the Spurs. #COYS
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) April 14, 2018
Tottenham against the top sides recently – Juventus and Man City have exposed our space in full-back areas. Trippier & Davies great technically, but are outdone by pace, which is lethal. Sterling and Sanè had a field day! #COYS
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) April 14, 2018
— The Spurs Compendium (@SpursCompendium) April 14, 2018
Only real positive from that was Lucas Moura. Great 20 min cameo deserves a start on Tuesday ✅⚽️ pic.twitter.com/uvnfrLGamS
— TAS🔵⚪️ (@coys100) April 14, 2018
According to John Moss this was a penalty 😡😡 pic.twitter.com/v3fGFWwS3l
— H (@LittleMissTHFC) April 14, 2018
— Queenie (@KhaleesiBW) April 14, 2018
You have to hand it to City. They deserved to win the game, they were better in every department during the 90 mins.
Congratulations to them on winning the League, thoroughly deserved.
We have to pick ourselves up, win at Brighton and win the FA Cup semi-final next Saturday #COYS
— Chris Cowlin (@ChrisCowlin) April 14, 2018
— India Spurs 🇮🇳 (@IndiaSpurs) April 14, 2018
Thats 9 errors Lloris has made in the PL this season leading to goals. 9. Nine. NINE.
— Hamid (@HamidTHFC) April 14, 2018
Rinse, repeat. https://t.co/nVd3TzzqLt
— Matt from coys (@MTTRDDN) April 14, 2018
— Alex R Bridgland (@ABridgland_) April 14, 2018
“The tackle was nice, eh?” – Mauricio Pochettino hails Eric Dier’s incredible tackle on Sergio Ramos
The Lilywhites have been brilliant under the manager since he took over from Southampton. We are now regulars for a top-four spot and lie a couple of points behind the Premier League leaders after eight games.
Pochettino was quoted by the Guardian as saying:
“The tackle was nice, eh?
“He touched the ball. In England, that’s never a foul. In Europe, it’s different. But to be brave like this – look, Dier is a holding midfielder and he was pressing Sergio Ramos in the penalty area.
“That is the mentality that, from day one at Spurs, we have tried to translate to the players. I feel proud about that. It’s a fantastic attitude, one that we always need to keep pushing.”
Dier did get booked for that challenge in Seville but it set the tone for the rest of the game. The manager also spoke about the significance of moments such as the one from Dier.
“The signal that you send to your opponents is important.
“To say: ‘We are not scared of you. We come here and we want to beat you.’
“We can play good or bad but always it’s about the attitude. With different attitudes, sure, the game would be completely different and have different results. With only talent you cannot beat any team. But talent with attitude is everything.”
Tottenham have made a decent start in the league and hopefully, we will be able to carry the same form for the rest of the season.
We have lost both our games in the Champions League so far, and face a couple of crucial ties against PSV Eindhoven next.
“I had friends that chose a criminal life” – Tottenham star opens up about how football saved him
The former Paris Saint-Germain star has found his feet in England, after a tough six months last season, and claimed a number of his friends went down the “bad way.”
Moura was speaking to the Evening Standard and was quoted saying:
“It was very difficult when I was young because there are problems with violence, gangs, guns, drugs – a criminal life.
“I had friends that choose a criminal life. Some of them are in prison and some of them are dead. They chose the bad way.
“I played a lot of football in the street. My dream was to become a footballer – that’s why I didn’t go to the bad way. I always believed I could realise my dream and give another life to my family.”
Moura added that his parents sent him down the right path and that he always wanted to be a footballer and nothing else.
The Brazilian’s form this season saw him earn a recall to the national side. Moura has three goals from eight Premier League games and has been one of the more consistent players for Tottenham.
The 26-year-old was used sparingly by Mauricio Pochettino after joining us in January but believes he can get better.
“The first five months was to adapt to the new life, the new championship, the new coach, a new country, a new club.
“Now I’ve done a pre-season with the team and I understand what the coach expects from me. Here the game is so dynamic, the intensity is so high. I hope I’m a little far from my best. I’m playing well but can do better.”
The Brazilian hasn’t hit the levels that he did during his first few years with PSG but working with Pochettino should help him reach his potential.
The season is only a few games in and hopefully, we will see the best of Moura in the coming months.
Arsenal leading race to sign £50m-rated Tottenham target
The Turkish youngster joined the Italian side in 2017 and has been one of the most impressive players for the team.
The report claims that the Gunners are leading Tottenham and Bayern Munich for the 21-year-old’s signature. Under has a couple of goals and three assists from eight games this season and played for the Turkish national side during the international break.
Although Tottenham didn’t bring in new faces in the summer, we can’t rule out transfers in the winter window.
Almost every team will be looking to add quality in the winter window and we should be no different. It will be interesting to see if we continue keeping tabs on the Turkish international as the season progresses.
Tottenham could do with someone of Under’s quality in the team, as he seems ready for Premier League football.
The 21-year-old could get even better under the watchful eye of Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine is one of the best managers in the world, and his record of getting the best out of youngsters could help us land some quality players in January.
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