Manchester City Loses Battle Versus Tottenham, Members Shocked

The Citizens dropped their first league loss since October, allowing Liverpool to close the gap in the title race. Ilkay Gundogan, a midfielder for Manchester City, admitted that the club’s Premier League loss to Tottenham on Saturday left them stunned.

With a 3-2 triumph at Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur has won its first match in five attempts (1W-3D-1L). It also implies that City is now in uncharted territory, having last lost in the league nearly four months ago. And Gundogan admitted it came as a shock.

“[We are] of course disappointed, we didn’t expect this,” he told Sky Sports after the match.

“Nobody expected us to lose today and we all feel really bad now.”

It has been suggested that City’s lackluster performance could have come as a result of the manager’s decision to rotate his squad ahead of the upcoming Champions League tie against FC Basel.

“You can always say that,” he responded when asked about Guardiola’s rotation policy and if it had an effect on the result.

“I think we played a little bit less simple than normal but yeah, we didn’t show our quality today. We have to accept that.”

Manchester City now trails Liverpool by five points in the standings.. It is not all doom and gloom for Guardiola’s men, though – they are still on track to defend their Premier League title.


Impacts of the win

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Manchester City dropped its first league loss since October while allowing Liverpool to close the gap in the title race.

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“Nobody expected us to lose today and we all feel really bad now.”

It has been suggested that City’s lackluster performance could have come as a result of the manager’s decision to rotate his squad ahead of the upcoming Champions League tie against FC Basel.


Reactions

“It’s not a situation that Manchester City is not used to. We know from recent years that Liverpool are always contenders,” Gundogan explained to BBC Match of the Day after the defeat, which allowed the Reds to climb within six points of the leaders with a game in hand.

“They’re always up there. We know they’ll try everything to make our lives as difficult as possible.

“The good thing is that they still need to come here to the Etihad, but there are still many games to go.

“We kind of thought we’d rescued [a draw]. If you look at the whole game we deserved to win.

“But football is sometimes crazy and today we made easy mistakes. We gave them the ball to have possibilities to counter and that made us lose the game.”

“There are a lot of games to go and a lot can happen, but City has been way ahead of the rest so it would be disappointing to drop points.

“However, we have a dream run-in – if we win all our games then nobody can catch us.”

Manchester City Player of the Year candidate David Silva, who ended the game in goal for City after Ederson was brought off, added:

“We controlled the match but gave them too many counter-attacks. We tried to get back into it and we dominated possession towards the end, but sometimes it’s not enough.”

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany tweeted: “Proud to be a blue tonight. Not our day but the season is long and we have many more games left to fight for. Come on City!”

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks told BT Sport: “We were working so hard, coming off a tough run of fixtures, this was another tough one today.

“To come away with a result is an amazing feeling.”

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris told Sky Sports: “It’s a defence stadium and we knew it would be tough. They’re one of the best teams in Europe and we defended well.

“We’re still fighting for big things, and if we keep this unbeaten run going then we’ll get closer to them.”

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: “I thought a draw would have been a fair result. You’ve got to say that Spurs looked really solid, and Manchester City didn’t look like they were going to break them down.

“We’ve seen it from Tottenham many times this season – when they’re under pressure they can really frustrate teams.”

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said: “I think you’re watching the end of Manchester City’s era. That was their season done and dusted, that one. It’s over after that performance today. Tottenham is back in the title race.”

Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville tweeted: “I honestly think Spurs are the biggest threat to City. Defense is so solid and they can score goals.”

ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop said: “The longer this game went on, it felt like Manchester City were running out of ideas”… United got back into the top four yesterday. They cannot let Spurs go past them too.”

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino said that his team had “learnt how to suffer, and that is massive for the future”.

Asked whether he was concerned about City still having a game in hand, the Argentine replied: “No, for me it’s never a worry. If it’s in our hands, why are you worried? We didn’t manage to kill the game when we were 2-1 up so it was difficult for us.”

“Today is one of those games that will give us more confidence,” said Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez. “We have to keep going the same way.”

The defeat is Pep Guardiola’s first in any competition at home since April 2017, when Barcelona won 2-1 in the Champions League.

City 15/2 to win Champions League.

Manchester City is now 16 points behind leaders of Liverpool FC, making their chances of winning the Premier League this season highly unlikely.

Tottenham Hotspur FC is now third in the Premier League table and within five points of Manchester City. Manchester United FC is now above Tottenham in the fourth position after they managed to avoid defeat versus West Bromwich Albion FC.

Manchester United at 19/10, Draw 3/1, Tottenham 28/17 (Coral).


Conclusion

After the dreadful loss of Manchester City versus Tottenham, what has been the effect of this shocking result on everyone involved?

Their first loss in the Premier League all season. After a great run that lasted months, Manchester City finally lost to Tottenham. It’s Spurs’ first win against their rival since 2014 and it came at a crucial time for them, as they had just lost the week before to Manchester United. This victory increases their lead of 10 points at the top of the Premier League table and it’s now very hard to catch up with them. It also leaves City in second place, five points behind but still with a game in hand.

Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola is one of the most admired coaches in the world. He was a coach at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, while he is now coaching Manchester City. However, Guardiola has never managed to beat Tottenham with either team. In fact, this loss leaves him still winless against both Pochettino and his former assistant Paul Clement.

Pochettino’s victory against Guardiola must be a satisfying one. The Spurs coach is now the first manager since Josa Mourinho to beat Guardiola more than once, with both Real Madrid and Manchester United. Now Pochettino has managed to do it with two different teams too, Espanyol and Tottenham. He is also the only man in history to have beaten Guardiola with three different clubs.

Man City’s loss to Tottenham will have a huge effect on all parties involved. It was the first time in months that they lost against anyone, so it’s clearly a shocker for them. For Pochettino, he is now the manager with the most wins against Guardiola in his career so far and he is having one of the best seasons in his career.

What has been the effect of this shocking result on everyone involved? How does it affect Tottenham, City, and their coaches? What will happen to them now in both the Premier League table and how will they approach their next matches?