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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Referee : Mike Dean
21st November 2020 5:30 PM (GMT)
  • 2 Tottenham Hotspur

    • ‘5' Son Heung-Min
    • ‘65' Giovani Lo Celso
  • 0 Manchester City


Commentary By Rob Pollard



That's all for today, folks. 

A disappointing day to be a City fan but we will be back better and stronger. 

Join us on Wednesday for full coverage of our game against Olympiakos. 



"It could be better, we played similar to how have all season. We did not defend good for the first goal. They then defended so deep, they defended with six and it was not easy.

"We had our chances, but we couldn’t score and they made two or three chances on the counter attack and we lost the game.

“We knew before the game that you cannot give them the first goal. We had more chances and them but we lost. Mourinho’s teams are like this, you make a mistake and they punish you on the counter attack.

"It is not easy Harry Kane and Ndombele are on halfway, the space is so difficult, our possession play was good, but football is the boxes and that is where we were not good."


De Bruyne [on tiredness and scheduling]

"We had about seven days of preseason. I played with national team after one training. 

"I came in Wednesday night from Belgium. Couldn't go to the club because we have to have a Covid test, so couldn't do regeneration."


De Bruyne [on Jesus handball]

"I don’t know the rules anymore, honestly. I thought if it was above the arm here, it wasn’t handball. 

"Everyone knows it hit him here, but honestly I don't know the rules. 

"I've been playing pro football for 12 years and in the first nine years there were no rule changes - now there a lots.

"I don't know why, football is a nice game."


De Bruyne

"I think we played well but missed that cutting edge. 

"We kept Tottenham to three or four chances, that's quite good. But if you're not sharp enough in front of goal it's tough

"It’s been up and down with the players coming in and going out. 

"It's hard for players coming back from injury to sharp directly. 

"It’s been difficult find consistency. We need to be a bit sharper and hopefully that will come soon."


Improvement required

Disappointing result and second-half display. 

lots of positives in the opening 45 minutes, but much of our best qualities dissipated after the break. 

The result leaves us 10th with 12 points from eight matches. 


Out of chances?

It feels with that Dias chance gone begging, we've ran out of time. 

Pep won't be pleased with this second 45 minutes - we've been nowhere near good enough. 


De Bruyne finds Jesus, but he's crowded out (familiar story in this game). 

Torres booked for a clear trip with his frustration coming to the fore. 



We've not been great in this second half. We can't seem to find a killer pass to open up this resolute Spurs side. 

There's been a lack of dynamism in our play since the break. 


20 minutes

You have to say, Spurs have been tactically spot on today, 

Defended in numbers, waited for their chances to counter. 

Kane has been excellent. 

We've got about 20 minutes to save this. We need to crank up the pressure. 

Hopefully Sterling and Foden can inject some extra life into our attacks. 


Difficult task

Kane with a great turn and charge on halfway. 

He slips Lo Celso in with a brilliant pass and the substitute makes no mistake and slips the ball past Ederson. 




Kane with a great ball for Son, who skips past Ederson with the 'keeper way out of his goal. 

But his touch is too heavy and the chance goes astray. 



Need a goal

Can't fault the effort of our lads today. They're running hard, battling for the ball and trying to take the game to Spurs. 

But Mourinho's side have been adept at frustrating us so far. 

A goal for City would change everything. 


Hunting in packs

It's not the kind of football I like to watch, necessarily, but the way Spurs defend in numbers has to be applauded. 

Crowding City out and making it so hard for us to create clear openings. 


Lescott on disallowed goal

"It's unlucky, it wasn't in an unnatural position.

"It's the letter of the law but its harsh, and it's happening to everyone else not just us."


Work to do

What a frustrating game so far. 

City the team trying to play football. Spurs very organised and disciplined. 

Plenty of positives we can take into the second half - but we are behind and have work to do. 


Another chance

Torres gets crowded out by three Spurs defenders inside the area. 

Ball falls to Jesus, who fires a shot over the bar.



Will it stand?

Rodri swung a cross into the box. Jesus brought it down (possibly with his hand). 

The ball eventually fell to Laporte, who powered home with his left. 



End to end.

Spurs craft a decent opening but Bergwijn is challenged by Rodri inside the box. 

And City immediately break at pace, but De Bruyen;s cross is blocked. 


Weird opening 20 minutes

Strange game. 

We've moved the ball fairly well and have dominated possession. 

But we're 1-0 down and Spurs carved another brilliant opening, only for Kane to be offside when he tapped home. 

Positives but plenty of work to do, too. 



De Bruyne's free kick from the right is excellent. Rodri meets it with a header but it's an easy save for Lloris. 

Decent chance, that. 



Spurs have the ball in the net again but it's ruled out. 

Superb move from the home side ends with Kane tapping home from a few yards out after Son's ball across the six-yard box. But the England striker was stood in an offside position. 

A let off. 


Better from City

Brilliant play from Jesus, who plays a one-two and gets himself into the area, but Alderweireld  makes a good challenge to deny him as he looked to fire a shot off. 

De Bruyne with a powerful drive on the rebound - but it's Jesus who was lay on the ground. 



Huge game

Given the gap from ourselves to the top, this is a vital game. 

One it feels like we really need to win. 

We've picked an attacking lineup. Spurs are in fine form. 

Should be a belting match. 


Lescott on Torres

"For someone for so young and not a natural striker, his ability to bend runs in behind the defenders took me by surprise. 

"God forbid if Sergio or Gabriel are injured again, I'm sure he would be fine to slot in."


Mourinho on City and Gareth Bale

"It's an important match against a team who for the last ten years have been playing to be champions. 

"Bale was in the national team and played 90 and 75 minutes. For him in his evolution, that's a lot. 

"We have lots of matches to play. Gareth is on the bench today."


Attacking lineup

Very attacking side today. Exciting. 

And given Spurs have an abundance of attacking quality, too, it's set up beautifully. 

Dias and Laporte continue together at centre-back - I'm looking forward to seeing their partnership thrive. 

Rodri the only defensive-minded player in the midfield three. Bernardo will bring energy and dynamism, and De Bruyne is the best in the world at picking passes. 

Torres is in fine form and deserves to start, Mahrez can beat players and create space, and Jesus, for me, is developing into one of the best all-round forwards in the game. 

And the bench is so strong. Sterling, Aguero, Foden...there's real game-changing ability to call upon. 



Barry on new Pep deal

"If a manager's contract is coming up, it's discussed in the dressing room.

"They'll want Pep at the club and its great news from Manchester City, the Premier League and English football." 


Lescott on Spurs

"They had a slow start with their first fixture but they look solid now and with Kane and Son they score goals for fun so it should be a good game."



"Dias has brought calmness to the team. 

"He doesn't look like he's only played five or six games for City, he's used to playing on the big stage at Benfica but still adapted well."



"The stability is winning games. The manager depends on results, with or without a contract. The day after the news, it is forgotten. They have won in the past. They want to do well.

"We play eight games. Lot of games to play. We try to maintain the good things we have done. We will see."



"We always try every game. It's important to try to win every game. I hope tonight we can win. 

"They are a good team, good players. We have to be focused. We know it'll be tough. But we have a big team, too, and we can beat them. 

"The gap is getting bigger so we have to reduce this gap. Hopefully tonight it is possible to reduce it." 



Starting XI

31. Ederson

2. Kyle Walker

3. Rúben Dias

9. Gabriel Jesus

14. Aymeric Laporte

16. Rodrigo

17. Kevin De Bruyne (C)

20. Bernardo Silva

21. Ferran Torres

26. Riyad Mahrez

27. João Cancelo


13. Zack Steffen

5. John Stones

7. Raheem Sterling

8. Ilkay Gündogan

10. Sergio Agüero

47. Phil Foden

50. Eric Garcia


Laporte on the Pep news

“We are all very happy with the news. 

“It makes us really happy to have him for two more years. We all have seen everything he has done in this club. He has won many trophies, he has a 73% winning rate. That is huge.

“Manchester City has increased its level under his command, so I'm very happy he is staying.

“Of course, winning trophies is always the goal with him. We want to win the Premier League again and the Champions League, hopefully it can happen this season and on the next two as well.”


The Journey Continues #2023

“I am so grateful to the Club. I say thanks for extending my contract.

“They are the reason I am still here. They gave me a lot these four or five seasons. We want to continue to do our best as well as possible.

“I spoke a lot with the CEO, with Txiki and Khaldoon. We analysed what we could do and everybody knows how difficult it is to win everything.

“All the managers in the big clubs are here to win the titles. I am no exception.”


Spurs injury news

Matt Doherty tested positive for Covid-19 on international duty and will miss out. 

Steven Bergwijn is available after he was sent home from international duty early but Erik Lamela remains out.

Confirmed team news at 4.30pm. 


More from the boss

“For sure, one day it is going to happen, but still I enjoy doing this job.

“What happens in two years I cannot answer now.

“What happened 10 or 15 days ago, I don't know. What happens in two years? No manager can say, but maybe it is down to results.

“Drop a little bit of performance and titles and maybe the situation will be difficult.

“A lot can happen in two three months so imagine two years?”


Pep on his new contract

“I didn't expect seven years here,.

“I don't know what will happen, it is down to the results.

“I am here because we had incredible success and we continue to try to do it.”



We got the best possible news this when Pep penned a new two-year deal, keeping him at City until 2023. 

He's won eight major trophies in four full seasons as manager. 

In terms of a pre-match boost, they don't come much better than that. 


We're Not Really Here

Today's We're Not Really Here live matchday show should be a cracker. 

Gareth Barry will make his first guest appearance in the studio. 

Former England international Barry joined City from Aston Villa in the summer of 2009 and is widely considered to have been a key architect of the Club’s initial post-takeover success.

He played 175 times, scoring eight goals, helping us win the 2011 FA Cup and 2012 Premier League, and left an indelible mark during his four year stay at the Etihad.

Barry will team up with fellow former City players, Joleon Lescott and Michael Brown as well as presenter, Cel Spellman, to provide in-depth analysis.

And it's all available right here from 4.30pm. 


Kane v Laporte

Could the key to this contest be between Harry Kane and Aymeric Laporte? Or maybe Son Heung-min versus Ruben Dias? Should be fascinating...

City are back! 🙌

Hello! 👋

And welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Premier League away game against Tottenham Hotspur.

After a two-week international beak, we're back in action and it's a tough test for Pep Guardiola's side, who face a Spurs outfit unbeaten in seven games.

The match gets under way at 17:30 (UK) on Saturday 21 November and we'll have live updates right here from around two hours before kick-off.

Scroll further down the page for all your pre-match news, views and information.

Gareth Barry makes We’re Not Really Here debut

Gareth Barry makes his first appearance on our live matchday show – We’re Not Really Here – this weekend.

An FA Cup and Premier League winner with City, the former midfielder is joined by Joleon Lescott and Michael Brown, all of whom will be chatting to host Cel Spellman before and after the game.

We’re Not Really Here begins one hour before kick-off and will be available to watch right here.

It returns at half-time for a brief summary of the opening 45 minutes and again shortly after the full-time whistle, when Barry, Lescott and Brown will dissect the game with half an hour of expert analysis. 

Injury news 🤕

We'll find out Pep Guardiola's team news at 16:30 (UK) on Saturday, but here is what we know already:

🔹 Fernandinho is unavailable with a stomach problem.
🔹 Nathan Ake has not been training since returning from international duty with an injury.
🔹 Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling have been back in training this week.

Spurs also have several of fitness concerns:

⚪ Erik Lamela is on his 'last period of recovery' after missing the previous game against West Brom.
⚪ Harry Winks returned from England duty with 'a little problem.'
⚪ Matt Doherty is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.
⚪ Steven Bergwijn, who scored against City when the two teams last met, is available for selection, after recovering from injury.

Get involved 📱

We’ll be providing live updates from two hours before kick-off, taking you through the build-up, match action and post-match reaction, but we want to hear your thoughts as well.

Confident? Nervous? Tell us how you’re feeling before kick-off using the #WNRH on Twitter.

Form guide 📈

Eight places and five points separate City from Tottenham ahead of this game.

Jose Mourinho’s men sit second in the league and are unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season when they lost 1-0 to Everton. They are on a three-match winning run, having beaten West Bromwich Albion, Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley.

It’s five games since we last suffered defeat in the Premier League, but three of those matches have ended in draws, including our previous fixture against Liverpool. We travel to North London without an away defeat on our record this season.

Spurs praise for SWP

Former Tottenham Hotspur captain turned assistant coach Ledley King has been talking about a former City player who caused him plenty of problems in his playing days.

Here’s what he had to say about Shaun Wright-Phillips…

“As a player, I’m sure Spurs fans can picture him in as Aaron Lennon-type, small in stature, but so quick, a nightmare in one-on-one situations with that ability to twist and turn away from defenders, that sheer pace with the ball at his feet. 

"As a centre-half, he was the worst type of opponent for me! He really was a nightmare to play against. Not too many players can say they’ve been part of a Premier League winning team, and he was (during his time at Chelsea).”

Other games that day

  • Manchester United1
    West Bromwich Albion0
  • Newcastle United0
  • Aston Villa1
    Brighton and Hove Albion2

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 9 +12 20
2 Chelsea 9 +12 18
3 Leicester City 8 +9 18
4 Liverpool 8 +2 17
5 Southampton 8 +4 16
6 Aston Villa 8 +8 15
7 Everton 8 +2 13
8 Crystal Palace 8 0 13
9 Manchester United 8 -1 13
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 -1 13
12 Arsenal 8 -1 12
13 West Ham United 8 +4 11
14 Newcastle United 9 -5 11
15 Leeds United 8 -3 10
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 9 -2 9
17 Fulham 8 -8 4
18 West Bromwich Albion 9 -12 3
19 Burnley 7 -9 2
20 Sheffield United 8 -10 1
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