Being rejected by VAR in stoppage time, the defending champion accepted a 2-2 draw in the second round of the Premier League, on August 17.
This is a painful result for Pep Guardiola. Last season, they were also denied a goal by VAR in the fourth minute of injury time in the second quarter of the Champions League quarter-finals against Tottenham. The bad situation of crying and laughing makes Man City eliminated by the law of away goals.
Meeting Tottenham again, the will to ask for a debt in the Champions League last season may also become part of the motivation for many Man City players. They raised the formation and attacked the whole force from the beginning. The link between Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne makes Tottenham’s left wing frequently put on alert. The speed of Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker also created conditions for Man City to have unexpected downfall.
Continuous pressure finally brings results to them. Bernardo lets go of the ball for De Bruyne to stumble without looking towards the far post, knocking out all of Tottenham’s defense. Sterling bandage hit the head in a position that was not attached to anyone, took down Hugo Lloris. However, just three minutes later, Tottenham unexpectedly drew 1-1, when the gap opened for Erik Lamela between the defense and Manchester City midfielder. Being equalized, Man City did not flinch. They continue to organize attacks and once again rise. Still coming from a combination of Bernardo and De Bruyne on the right, Sergio Aguero cut the ball and finished a delicate touch, ending an attack with the brand “Man City – Guardiola”.
But Mauricio Pochettino made a difference from changing people. Only seconds after taking over from Harry Winks, Lucas Moura headed home from a corner. Only 1m73 high but he turned very high to defeat Walker in the air combat phase. It was the second finish for Tottenham’s goal.
Guardiola put Jesus in the yard to replace Aguero, in order to improve his attack power. Become the center of Man City’s attacks, but the Brazilian striker played slightly personal, causing some opportunities to pass. After a headed header, he hit Tottenham in the second minute from a corner kick, but the goal was not recognized.
Man City dominated in most of the match time and finished 10 times more (30 versus 3). However, with just two shots to finish the goal, Tottenham has the same number of goals. In one day, all statistics were inclined to Etihad owners, fortunately not on their side. In stoppage time of the second half, Gabriel Jesus kicked off a Tottenham goal but after being assisted by VAR, referees Michael Oliver denied the goal as the ball was slightly touched by Aymeric Laporte.