Manchester City v Tottenham summary: score, goals, highlights, Premier League 2022-23
Manchester City 4-2 Tottenham FINAL SCORE
Manchester City 4-2 Tottenham Hotpur
Well what a crazy turn of events! City came out completely in control before surrendering two late first half goals to go in at halftime being booed off the pitch by their own fans.
Riyad Mahrez was the man of the match and rightfully so. He scored two goals and assisted in the other two. He was the key to City's attack all night long, what a beautiful performance.
Spurs showed moments of class, but far too few to be seriously in contention. Arsenal are being chased at the top of the table but Tottenham are slipping slowly away from that top four.
It really was a game of two halves, with Conte's boys fighting through and doing decent work but Guardiola's gameplan ultimately coming to fruition in a stunning second-half comeback.
The top of that Premier League table is now a little more uncomfortable for the Gunners, as Man City close to within five points of them. There is now some daylight between City and Manchester United and that will leave Pep feeling a bit better about his chances of making a run at the title.
For Tottenham, they are in danger of slipping further behind Newcastle, letting that fourth place along with the Champions League berth that it carries, get away from their grasp.
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Mahrez is Man of the Match
It was worth seeing Mahrez's performance alone. What a display of talent!
There is the final whistle.
City are on the attack again and Mahrez is calling for it in the middle. He is on a hat trick but the ball is not there for him and the shot is taken wildly over the bar.
With so many forward, a long clearance is mishandled by Lenglet and finds Mahrez with only Lloris to beat. He calmly slots it home to make it 4-2!
Spurs are coming again and Kane puts one toward the goal. Son was on the far post but Ederson gets to the ball and ends the threat.
Tottenham are now on the attack and have numbers forward. City have the fresher legs in the race and clear the ball.
Into the final five minutes and Spurs need to throw everything at it if they want to come away with a point.
Man City are on the attack again and win another corner. They take it quick and short, but it comes to nought.
It was headed into Richarlison's back, catching his arm just below the shoulder. That could so easily have been given but VAR declares it no penalty.
Man City corner
City push forward and win a corner. Richarlison defends it and Man City are screaming for a hand ball.
Substitution Man City
Gundogan makes way for Bernardo Silva as Pep decides to make a swap of his own
With just over ten minutes to play, Conte is taking all of the brakes off.
Double sub Tottenham
Clement Lenglet and Richarlison come on for Emerson Royal and Ben Davies
Grealish controls the ball up the side and City go on the attack, their first in a while. Tottenham get numbers back and snuff it out, but this is more hopeful from City.
A chance wasted
Tottenham get the ball and move forward with numbers in the area, Son wastes his chance to put the ball in and allows City to get defenders back. In the end, the attack comes to nothing.
That should be worrying for Man City, because Kane was completely on his own there in the area. A decent bit of control and that could very easily have been in the back of the net.
Free kick Spurs
Gundogan gave away a stupid free kick and Son takes it. If comes through to Harry Kane, and City got lucky as the ball hits his hand as he tries to control it.
Goal kick for City.
The game has slowed, with Man City seemingly happy to take their foot off the pedal and slow the game down. It is a risky move for them, since Tottenham can score explosively. Their best bet would be to stay on the front foot, keep attacking, maybe get one more on the score sheet.
Substitution - Spurs
Ryan Sessegnon now comes on for Peresic
Man City 3-2 Tottenham
Tottenham are now wobbled, punch drunk. Man City have scored three goals in 12 minutes.
That was a good shot by Mahrez but Lloris should have stopped that.
Man City Third Goal!
Riyad Mahrez takes advantage of a poor bit of defending and puts the ball past Lloris at the near post.
Spurs great shot on goal!
Great touch from Kane and Kulusevski works the ball up the right wing and crosses it just behind Son, Persic gets his foot on it and Ederson stretches out to save it! So nearly another goal.
Every ball is now being hotly contested by both teams, with challenges flying at every point of the field.
Both managers are up and animating their players. Tottenham seem to have settled and Man City are back in control of the pace.
Tottenham are wobbled now and can't clear the ball. Mahrez takes a shot and misses wide right, but only by a hair!
Man City are staying on the attack and the tide is swishing back and forth. Four goals within a ten minute period of play!
GOAL!!!!!! Man City
City have found their mojo! They push forward as Mahrez and Grealish shove the ball back toward the goal and Haaland breaks his duck egg, getting his head onto the end of that one to level the scoring.
Man City 1-2 Tottenham
City are not done yet by a long way. They are back in front of the ball and pushing forward with some spite.
Immediately, they put paid to that and take the ball forward into the Spurs area. Mahrez puts it in to the area and it is not cleared properly. Lloris comes out but can't get to it and Alvarez puts it into the back of the net!
Man City are looking tentative, being bullied off the ball. They seem to have been deflated somewhat and are sitting back deeper than they have since the opening of the game.
Emerson Royal is down now and being treated for cramp as players begin to loosen up on the touch line for Spurs.
Tottenham are playing with a bit more swagger, pushing forward in this opening minute more than they have in the entire first 45 minutes!
Second half underway
The teams are back out and this is a stunning turn of events. Manchester City are more than capable of coming back into this game but that shocking ending to the first half can take the wind out of you if you let it.
Two quick goals
Here is a look at that opening goal by Spurs and then the genie was out of the bottle
Well what a finish to that first half!
Man City were in the driving seat for the entire half, Tottenham looking completely adrift at times. And then in the dying minutes of the half, they get the momentum, only for a minute, but that was all they needed. They took their chances when it served and go in two goals up.
Spurs are on the front foot and Kane slaps one in that is saved by Ederson. It comes straight out to Emerson Royal who heads it in. Spurs lead 2-0!
Manchester City shoot themselves in the foot as Ederson passes one out to Rodri and he has his pocket picked. Kulusevski takes his shot and slots it home to open the scoring.
Tottenham open the scoring!
City are now getting their way a bit more. They are finding Haaland with some regularity. you get the feeling that he will finish at some point!
A long ball finds Haaland and he is one on one with Lloris. What a save! Lloris comes out quickly and puts his hand on the ball and Haaland goes down. Nothing doing if he was looking for a penalty.
Lewis shot on goal
City push up the other end and Lewis takes a shot. He keeps it low and it is a decent effort! Lloris gets to it with his left hand, but only just! He did well to keep it out of the net.
Spurs are on the front foot now, and they win a corner. It is cleared easily.
Now it is the turn of Tottenham to push forward, with a good run down the side as the ball is put in for Son. He heads it into the direction of the goal and it is saved comfortably by Ederson.
That was a good bit of play by Spurs. They seem to be gaining confidence now.
Højbjerg is booked as he stumbles over Lewis as he ran him down. There was no spite in it but he got tangled and it was definitely deserving of a card.
As the play is tentatively moved to the City half, Tottenham lose the ball and City go on a break. Grealish takes the ball up the left side and Romero runs him down and puts the ball out for a throw in. Risky defending but perfectly executed.
The average position of Spurs players up to this point shows them all in their own half, with only Kulusevski just across midfield. They are playing very deep and Antonio Conte is not at all happy about it, shouting that they should play further up the pitch.
Tottenham have pushed a lot of players forward and made a run at the City goal. It is put behind for a corner, which ultimately comes to nothing for Spurs.
Another City corner and they are setting the pace for this game. Mahrez whips it in but it is cleared by the Spurs.
The first yellow card comes out as Akanji was taken down by Romero. There wasn't much in it and Romero can feel hard done by, but the referee needed to stamp his authority on this match and you just knew that a booking was coming.
Another blistering attack from Man City. They have numbers forward and Grealish pulls one back for Alvarez in front of the goal. He takes the shot and Dier does well to block it!
They come again, with Rodri giving it to Grealish who takes it up the left wing and wins a corner for City.
City come right back and Gundogan takes a probing shot that is out wide.
Haaland goes down in the box on a long ball from Grealish. He is asking for a penalty but the referee doesn't want to hear about it, and rightly so.
Tottenham seem to have gotten their feet under them and are winning possession a little more than they were in the opening minutes.
Harry Kane gets his first shot! It is a blazer into the side net, but he was clearly offside.
Hojberg is taken down by Rodri and the crowd erupt in boos and whistles. They are convinced that he is wasting time, but it was a valid foul.
Ben Davis takes Alvarez down and a free kick is given. Alvarez went down easily, perhaps saving Davis from getting a card. But that is now the second time that this has happened, and Davis needs to be careful. Next time, he will almost certainly be booked.
Mahrez takes it and it finds Haaland clean on the far post. Strangely, he gets it clean but is timid with the shot, putting it behind and wasting the chance.
Alvarez is looking for Haaland and it goes out for a corner.
Beautiful forward play by City, maintaining control on the edge of Spurs' area. Tottenham stiffens up at the back and it all comes to nothing, but City are looking like a team in full control.
Davis takes Alvarez down pretty hard, but it is only a free kick. The crowd clearly thought that a yellow card was more appropriate.
A great ball whipped in by Lewis but Haaland can't quite get his head on it! That was a close one for Tottenham in the fourth minute.
As suspected before the game, Spurs are trying to keep the play up front, pushing the ball deep into the City backfield. City are calm and when they get the ball trying to counter with a sharp attack in midfield.
And we are off! City are taking the ball and trying to wrangle possession. Kane pushes forward, forcing the issue, but the back four of City are not panicking at all and seem to be up to the challenge.
Spurs players are wearing black armbands in honor of the memory of former Tottenham player, and Charlotte FC player, Anton Walkes who passed away in a tragic boating accident in Florida. He was just 25 years old.
We are just three minutes from kickoff now, and the teams are out on the field.
Carra loves Kane
Jamie Carragher thinks that Harry Kane is one of the best passers in European football. High praise indeed.
Premier League Table
The top of the table is as tight as anything. Tottenham need to get at least a point out of tonight's match if they want to keep that front four within sight.
Pep stands by Grealish
Asked if Jack Grealish had earned his start tonight, Pep smiled and said, "Absolutely! Absolutely!"
You have to love the way Guardiola backs his team, his plan, and himself, with pure, unabashed joy.
Erling Haaland has not found the net in the last two matches. He has only had one three-game drought in his career.
Harry Kane could top 200
Just two goals separate Harry Kane from his Premier League double century. Could tonight be the night?
Manchester City vs Tottenham: last five meetings
February 2022: Manchester City 2-3 Tottenham, Premier League
August 2021: Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City, Premier League
April 2021: Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham, Carabao Cup
February 2021: Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham, Premier League
November 2022: Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City, Premier League
Five defeats in nine Premier League games for Antonio Conte’s Tottenham
While it might be a step too far to say Tottenham are in crisis, things haven’t been going well for the London site of late. After a fine start to the season, which included five wins and two draws in their first seven Premier League matches, they’ve lost five of the last nine, a run of form which has seen them drop down to fifth spot in the table, five points off the top four.
Not only did they lose 2-0 to bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday but the manner of the defeat will have been especially concerning for boss Antonio Conte, whose side barely laid a glove on their opponents.
Pep is backing down for nobody
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola launched into a fairly astonishing rant after his team’s defeat to Manchester United, saying that he “didn’t care about the Premier League” and that “we won a lot, so it’s not a problem.” Read into that what you will.
Now that we are no longer in the heat of the moment, the former Barcelona boss will be plotting a way for his side to make up the eight-point deficit to league leaders Arsenal. City have now lost their last two matches but have won 18 of their last 20 competitive home games.
Tottenham starting XI:
Trying to swing from the front foot, Tottenham will try and push bodies forward in that 3-4-3 formation, hoping that their injuries won't hamper their play.
Manchester City starting XI:
City will play their traditional 4-3-3 and are expected to field a side that looks something like this:
De Bruyne AM
Coming off of a derby loss of their own over the weekend, Spurs have the look of a team in disarray. Sitting only five points out of the top 4, they need to turn things around quickly if they want to stay within touching distance of Newcastle.
Rodrigo Bentancur hasn’t played since the World Cup due to a groin injury, but Tottenham doesn’t have the luxury of leaving him out of the starting XI if he is fit to play. Dejan Kulusevski made his return against Arsenal and looked to be in good shape, so will get the nod tonight.
Harry Kane is lacking just two goals for his double century in the Premier League, which would see him leapfrog Jimmy Greaves as the all-time top scorer for Spurs.
After a questionable few days, Manchester City will have Kevin De Bruyne lined up against Tottenham tonight. Although he played well in Saturday’s derby loss to Man U, he did not participate in training on Tuesday, but it appears that all is ok.
Defender John Stones is also back in the lineup, after missing the Manchester derby as well as the Carabao Cup loss to Southampton.
So while Manchester City tries to bounce back and close the gap on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table, Tottenham is clinging on to that fifth place for dear life.
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