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MetiNews.Com - The key talking points from Manchester City's Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur
Breaking News ! A message to Sterling When Pep Guardiola was asked why Raheem Sterling was only named on the bench for Manchester City at Tottenham, his first comment was that it was a tactical decision. The manager would go on to point to Sterling's fitness, after the England man had only trained for one day, but as Guardiola also pointed out, this is one of the fittest players in the City squad. There might have been part of Guardiola who wanted to try something different in his attack - Sterling has been good this season, but has failed to provide a goal or assist in his last three league games and the fast-paced fixture schedule looked to be taking a toll even on a player with his stamina. Fitness undoubtedly played a part in his exclusion from the starting XI, but there may also have been some kind of man-management to remind Sterling that nobody is undroppable in this team. Read More Related Articles Pep Guardiola has one big challenge to make a success of Man City season Read More Related Articles Man City player ratings vs Tottenham as Ederson and Riyad Mahrez poor New back four, same problems City named the same back four for the third successive game, giving Pep Guardiola a settled defence for the first time in at least two seasons. The partnership of Aymeric Laporte and Rodri has given City some much-needed solidity at the back, but the early warnings from both players that they are not the finished article together were exposed early on as the defence split far too easily to allow Heung-Min Son to race through and give Spurs the lead. The players are now in place for Guardiola to have more faith in his defence, but Spurs' opener was a reminder that there is still work to be done on the training ground to develop the back four into a proper unit. The second goal, which again came through the middle, was another reminder. Read More Related Articles Pep Guardiola makes stark assessment of Man City's title chances after Spurs defeat Read More Related Articles Kevin de Bruyne explains Man City's attacking issues after Tottenham defeat More VAR frustration Not only did Heung-min Son score his customary goal against City, but they were also denied by a very, very tight VAR call when Aymeric Laporte thought he had equalised. City celebrated, but Mike Dean was advised to look at the monitor by the VAR, and ruled the goal out for a handball by Gabriel Jesus as he controlled a cross before setting up Laporte. It was a minimal touch from Jesus' arm, and it was certainly unintentional - if there was any touch at all - and City have a right to feel aggrieved that once again a good performance against Spurs was being held back by a Son goal and a disputed VAR call. Read More Related Articles Premier League explain why Man City goal vs Spurs was disallowed Read More Related Articles Pep Guardiola blames defence for Man City defeats to Spurs and Liverpool FC Mourinho masterclass As frustrating as City were infront of goal, this was a superb tactical performance from Spurs - and one that exposed all of City's weaknesses. Mourinho knew City would struggle to break down a packed defence, especially one working as hard as he has got this Spurs side working.
. Harry Kane's industrious performance made Aymeric Laporte look liks half the player he usually is, and the hosts left Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus frustrated from the moment Son gave them the lead. Add in the slice of luck they got with the City VAR decision in the first half, and it was a perfect afternoon for Mourinho.
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Title race implications City fell eight points behind new Premier League leaders Spurs, albeit with a game in hand, and could fall further behind the top spot if Leicester beat Liverpool on Sunday. Guardiola stressed the number of points left to play for, 90, before this game started, but there is no doubt that City's hopes of winning back the Premier League took a huge blow on Saturday evening. This is a season like no other, so a gap that last season would have been unassailable is still within reach this year. However, City can't afford to drop many more points, especially against sides above them. A favourable run before the New Year is now looking like it will carry a necessity to return maximum points in every game. City might have already used up all their lives in the league this season if they want to be involved in the title race.