Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Both sides press high but Spurs’ defence lets them down

High pressing

This game was a Premier League rarity – one in which both sides came to play with a high block; holding a high defensive line and attempting to close down the opposition in their own half. Manchester City attempted 16 tackles in Spurs’ half, completing 9 of them. Spurs attempted 10, completing 6.

Both sides’ opening goals came from this avenue. Aguero’s opener stemmed from Erik Lamela losing possession to Bacary Sagna in the final third. Similarly, Eriksen’s equaliser arrived as a result of Fernando losing possession at the hands of Ryan Mason in front of his defence. Continue reading

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Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Poor decision-making from Moyes leads to yet another home defeat

The patience that Sir Alex Ferguson requested from his acolytes in May is wearing thin. Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Spurs was David Moyes’ fourth home loss in the league this season and the sound of United fans leaping to his defence is conspicuous by its absence. Here’s why: Continue reading