Manchester City dropped points for the second consecutive Premier League game against Tottenham at the Etihad stadium on Sunday.
They were undone by a 90th minute Dejan Kulusevski equaliser and drew the game 3-3. It leaves Manchester City third in the table, one point behind Liverpool and three behind Arsenal.
After Son Heung-Min scored at both ends, it was 1 – 1 after nine minutes. Manchester City took a 2-1 lead into the break thanks to a 31st minute Phil Foden goal.
Giovani Lo Celso and Jack Grealish made it 2-2 and 3-2 in the 69th and 81st minutes before Spurs’ equaliser. At home, City should not have let Tottenham back into the game.
Ange Postecoglou’s plan to ‘have a go’ worked for him, but they shouldn’t have been able to have a go. Not against City. Pep Guardiola is all about control, and this is not the first time his team has lacked control this season.
In November, they were drawn into a similarly end-to-end game against Chelsea which ended 4-4. City dropping a few points in the first half of the season before going on a winning run isn’t unusual. Conceding so many goals and playing out so many hectic games, however, is.
Speculation is rife that City are complacent or unmotivated following last season’s treble win. However, their squad depth is not what we think it is. Absent Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones, they lack a huge section of last season’s team.
In those three players, they are shorn of their ability to control games as well as their magical moments. If teams start to think they can get a result by actually playing City it could make their games, and the title race a a whole, very interesting.