We were back at The Etihad on Saturday lunchtime, and back in premier league action. However I think I speak for a lot of Spurs fans when I say that going back here after midweek it was always going to be a party atmosphere. We won when it mattered and are through to the semi finals of the Champions League. Today whilst we were looking for 3 points, and a step closer to a top 4 finish, I think this was always a game that we wouldn’t be too fussed about dropping points on. That was my view on the game anyway, and I just wanted to avoid being humiliated. This review will be a shorter one as I personally believe there isn’t that much to talk about.
Our team was much changed from midweek, with the likes of Foyth, Sanchez, Davies and Dier coming into the squad, to give others a rest after a hard fought result that came on Wednesday. Lloris also dropped out after a small muscular issue, to which doesn’t seem too bad thankfully, and Gazzaniga came into the team in goal. As stated before, this felt to me like a game where I just wanted an okay performance, and nick something if we could.
5 minutes in we conceded our first to Phil Foden, and I had sudden flashbacks of the game earlier on in the week. But, to my surprise, we actually came back fighting. We had a few chances, and you could argue that we should’ve definitely scored some of them, Son in particular. The atmosphere felt a bit hostile after the result we got in Europe but we did not seem to let this affect us particular. Dele was playing some fantastic football in the middle and we were defending quite well. We went into the half only down a goal, and unlucky to actually not have scored one yet. But optimism remained before the second 45.
And after it started, the same story continued. We created a few chances, but sadly couldn’t quite find a way through. But at the same time we did not concede any more goals, and as we found out previously, this is not easy to do against a team like Manchester City. And to be honest there isn’t much else to say about the 90 minutes. We had chances, they had chances, but it wasn’t all that interesting. So now just onto some of my quick overall thoughts.
I thought Foyth played very well again, and am happy with how he has performed throughout his time so far. He may be a good defender for us in the future, even if he is far from the finished product right now. I think we defended well all game, and this does give me hope for the rest of the season. But we haven’t been that poor defensively all season, just the odd games where you’ve questioned it. I was happy with the team swaps, and with that in mind a 1-0 loss isn’t too bad. People received rests, and this may be crucial for the remaining Premier League games as well as European ones.
But all in all, this is the most calm I have felt after losing in a while. We did not play bad enough to seriously worry me, and showed we are more than capable of winning all our remaining games which should be enough to get top 4. And this is a game that we could afford to lose, baring in mind who United and Chelsea still have to play. I think we can do it, and I have a feeling we are already looking at the games against Ajax. But, not a bad game, and not an awful result. And now it’s just onwards and upwards. COYS.
As always thanks for reading.