Manchester City was given a reality check in the Premier League opener as they visited London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday.
The home side sealed the desired win thanks to Heung-Min Son’s solitary goal which separated the two sides in the contest.
Nuno Espirito Santos side would be pleased as it would give them confidence ahead of their next game at the weekend.
Following Spurs narrow win over the League Champions City, we evaluate the match statistics and team findings from that encounter.
Shots on target
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Manchester City may have lost the match 1-0 to Tottenham but their attacking relevance cannot be downplayed in the match to an extent.
The trio of FerranTorres, Riyad Mahrez and EURO 2020 finalist with England, Raheem Sterling produced some positive moments upfront.
But in the end, the Citizens had 5 shots on target as compared to Spurs 2 shots overall in the duel.
Shots off target
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The two teams ensured about 6+9 = 15 attempts on goal as they attacked at opposing ends of the pitch.
Manchester City fired blank (off-target) on 9 occasions as against the 6 shots off target Spurs mustered in the game.
That’s why Spurs were 1-0 winners as the Citizens miss a couple of chances to get themselves back in the game.
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Just like Barcelona, Pep Guardiola’s men produced a dominant display as expected in midfield despite playing away from home.
The likes of Fernandinho, German star Ikay Gundogan and new signing Jack Grealish held sway in the middle for City.
Though they (City) lost 1-0 to Spurs, their contribution would not be overlooked as it’s one of the positives the Sky Blue will take into their next game at home.
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The match between both Premier League sides entirely cumulated about 3+11=14 corner-kicks overall.
The home side was left with three corner-kicks, unlike Manchester City that had 11 corners of their own.
The Citizens' attacking forays ensured that figure as Riyad Mahrez and Ferran Torres tested Spurs resilience going forward.
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Tottenham had three Offsides as they aim to do the needful against Manchester City by all means at home.
While City was buoyant in midfield controlling possession and so had only 1 offside in the entire match.
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It’s no surprise as Spurs had more fouls than Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side on the day.
Tottenham in doing the chase to regain possession and then committed 11 fouls as compared to the 8fouls the Citizens had in the game.
Manchester City was in control of the midfield and had less challenge in the contest, unlike the home side.
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The intensity of the clash ensured that Spurs were booked on two occasions. Pep Guardiola’s men had only one booking as the home side was penalized for their higher number of fouls.
Spurs duo of Lucas Moura and Davinson Sanchez was issued a yellow card in the 66th and 91st minute respectively.
Manchester City’s new big-money signing Jack Grealish was also booked in the 91st minute.
Goal Keeping Saves
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The threat City had going forward in the likes of Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres was evident at Spurs end of the goal.
This forced Spurs shot-stopper Hugo Lloris in making 5 goalkeeping saves as compared to the one save Ederson Moraes had to deal with in goal for his Manchester City side.
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The two Premier League giants (Spurs and City) earned their respect following their exploits in the final third.
Both sides pushed forward in the search of goals and it all resulted in 8 + 6 – 14 goal-kicks.
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It showed how tough both teams were against each other as they all gave a good account of themselves each despite the defeat Manchester City suffered away from home.
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