Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: The slide continues

Manchester City’s dismal start to their Premier League season continued with a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.

Manchester City may have just extended Pep Guardiola by a further two seasons, but they may have buyer’s remorse after their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham. After a full eight matches, closing in on a quarter of the way through the season, City sit 10th in the table, with a negative goal difference, and the chance to be nine points off the top by the end of the gameweek.

City had more possession, but were caught napping early in the match to go down a goal and were once again unable to score. Giovani Lo Celso doubled Spurs’ lead in the second half and City showed next to nothing the rest of the way.

Following another disastrous result and performance, the questions remain to be ask, but its been more of the same for City: just not good enough in all aspects of the game. With an opportunity to make a real statement of intent, against another team dreaming of Premier League glory, after securing their manager to a new two-year contract, they could not have looked more flat and lethargic.

VAR intervened to deny City an equalizer, but it was an obviously correct decision under the current rules. Given the way the two teams have played this season, however, this result makes sense. City have scored less than half the goals that Tottenham have, and have conceded two more, albeit with a game less played. In the context of the teams’ recent history, losing to Spurs is a surprising result, but here, and today, Tottenham are simply a better football team, who were fully deserved winners today.