In recent years, this has been a fixture that the Sky Blues have found quite comfortable, with score lines such as 5-1, 6-0, and 4-0 becoming habitual, City have dismantled Spurs on many occasions. However, a 2-1 win at the Etihad last season and a 4-1 thrashing this season has seen Spurs fight back.
They have played a selection of entertaining matches, this game didn’t disappoint either.
City started the game brilliantly, and were looking for some redemption following their abysmal 4-0 defeat at the hands of Everton last week. Tottenham were on a good run of form, having won their last six league games and were looking to continue their title challenge.
The first real chance was constructed by the Spanish playmaker, David Silva. A low, driven effort looked to be sailing into the bottom right hand corner, until Hugo Lloris pounced like a cat to claw the ball away. He was called into action a number of times after this, first by a Sergio Aguero header and then a great save at his near post to deny the Argentine once again.
It was evident to see who had the upper hand going into half time. Somehow it remained 0-0 at half time, City had a bundle of opportunities, but squandered them all, Mauricio Pochettino’s men were frail and fatigued.
The second half burst into life however, City took the lead just three minutes into the second half. A lofted ball over the top sent Leroy Sané chasing, one on one with Lloris. A moment of madness from a usually very reliable keeper followed.
As the ball bounced in the air, Lloris leapt, performing a diving header motion , there were no heroics on show from the Frenchman though, as he glided in the air, Sané glided through on goal and tucked it home nicely to make it 1-0, the goal was gaping, impossible to miss.
Just five minutes later, City struck again. It was an afternoon to forget for Lloris as he produced another shocker. Raheem Sterling drilled in a poor ball, which was searching for Kevin De Bruyne, but instead landed in the safe hands of Lloris. Or not so safe hands as it became apparent, the Frenchman fumbled the ball out of his grasp and put it on a plate for De Bruyne to place home with ease; 2-0 to the good.
Pochettinho’s men were not down and out though. Four minutes on from City’s second, Spurs got their first goal. A superb ball fizzed into the area by Kyle Walker saw the man of the moment Dele Alli, nod home.
A lapse of concentration from the Citizens after going 2 goals up , saw them invite their visitors back into the game with open arms, with 30 minutes to play, it was now anyone’s game.
Guardiola’s men recognised this and consequently hunted for a third to seal the game. A fantastic chance fell to Sterling. A one on one opportunity presented to him, all he had to do was finish. He faltered though, and reminded City fans once again of his problem; finishing in the final third.
Replays did show however, Kyle Walker, who was desperately sprinting back to stop him, shoved his England teammate in the back, which threw him of balance and ultimately ruined the shot he was about to unleash, creating quite a firm penalty claim.
If he had gone down, it most likely would have been a penalty, he stayed on his feet though which was commendable; as many other players would have taken a tumble.
This missed chance proved to be very costly.
Following this, Spurs levelled the game.
Pochettino’s men found their way into City’s box with Christian Eriksen weaving his way inside, he then played it to Harry Kane, whose delicate flick set up substitute- Heung Min Son, to slam the ball into the bottom left corner.
Bravo who had not had much to do all game, was beaten again and did himself no favours in his attempt to win over the City fans who are already running out of patience with the Chilean international who has not been anywhere near good enough.
With just ten minutes to go, it was one last throw of the dice for City. New man, Gabriel Jesus at just 19 years of age was thrown into the fray to try and salvage something for his side on his debut. He made an instant impact after coming on, his first touch after around ten seconds saw him send in a dangerous ball into the penalty area which was crying out for someone to latch onto.
Then, a dream moment. He appeared to have scored the winning goal with a few minutes to go, for it only to be ruled out for offside as he took to his celebratory rendition. He karate kicked the corner flag in joy and the fans leapt in jubilation, only to then find out the goal had been ruled out for offside.
The game finished 2-2, it was a fantastic spectacle. City were probably the most deserved winners after creating numerous chances to win the game, Guardiola was left in frustration again though, as his side drop points again. They may count themselves unlucky after the Sterling shove looked to be a certain penalty.
Spurs were almost non-existent in the first half and just soaked up the pressure of the home side. In the second half, they drastically improved though, and showed great character to bring it back when two goals down.
By Tom Cavilla, 18 years old