Some thoughts on Saturdays dramatic 2-2 draw with Man City:
“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” (Danny Blanchflower)
What an emotionally exhausting match it was on Saturday evening in Manchester, as Spurs fought back from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw against Man City. It was a game in which we were second best for the most part, we were off our usual pace, lacking in intensity and looked uncomfortable on the ball. However, Pochettino’s side showed resilience as well as a fighting spirit, to gain a valuable point that keeps us in the title race ahead of two winnable league fixtures, against Sunderland and Middlesbrough respectively. We were torn to shreds by Pep Guardiola’s side for a large chunk of the game, it was always a case of when, not if city would take the lead. City’s dominance was rewarded early in the second half, when they scored two goals in the space of five minutes, both goals coming as a result of two unfortunate errors from goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris. We were being kept out of the game by a very good side, but not a side that we couldn’t defeat. Despite our poor performance we showed just how strong a side we really are, as Dele Alli headed the ball into the back of the net on the hour mark, and Spurs were inspired. We battled out the last half an hour showing great determination and courage, we were still second best. However, we had a go, we were fearless going forward. The introduction of Son provided much needed pace down the flanks, and 13 minutes from time Son scored what would eventually be the equaliser.
We had been second best and I’m not sure many would have backed us to get back into the game after being 2-0 down, but we did it! We sit third in the table after wins from Arsenal and Chelsea extended the gap at the top of the table. The truth of the matter is, that Man City deserved to the win the game, they dominated possession and had seven shots on goal to our two. Yesterday’s draw was a bonus point, I wonder if the match will be yet another turning point in our season and with winnable fixtures ahead, that point could prove to be imperative come the end of the season. I’m hoping Alderweireld’s injury is nothing to worry about, the Belgian centre back was immense whilst he was on the field, he saved us from being further behind. It is clear that Wimmer struggled yesterday, being taken off at half time. Wimmer has been lacking in game time but I’m hopeful that he will become sharper in the coming games. Finally, I’ve got to mention the impact that Son had on yesterday’s game, his pace and desire to go forward was clear to see. His composed finish from inside the penalty area was the reason we came back with a point. This team have a real hunger for success, despite salvaging a dramatic point the players were downbeat, they wanted to win! COYS
My man of the match: For me it has to be Danny Rose. Rose put his body on the line as he made some vital interceptions, including a world class challenge on Raheem Sterling in the Tottenham penalty area. As courageous as ever, Rose took a right clattering on many an occasion, his power and skill going to show just how good of a player he is.
One of the highlights of playing Man City away, their wonderful tunnel cam: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc2DDKQImBY