Saturday 29th July 2017
Nissan Stadium, Nashville
Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
Kick off 23:05 (UK time)
Stones 09m 45s
Sterling 72m 05s
Diaz 90+0m 46s
Kompany (foul on Nkoudou) 55
|Crowd : 56,232||Weather : Sunny, hot|
|Referee : Fotis Bazakos (USA)||Assistant Referees : -; -|
|Fourth Official : --|
|Manchester City kicked off in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
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Kyle WALKER (53
Tosin ADARABIOYO 74)
David SILVA (11
Samir NASRI 60)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
Harry WINKS (46
Tashan OAKLEY-BOOTHE 71)
Kieran TRIPPIER (37
Kyle WALKER-PETERS 79)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Pep Guardiola||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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Two strong Premier League starting XIs took to the field of the Nissan Stadium in Sunny Nashville for a friendly meeting in an unusual setting.
Both sides have had mixed fortunes in this International Champions Cup 'competition', but despite Tottenham looking sharp in the first five minutes, it was Manchester City who took the lead after ten minutes. Ederson had to be quick out to Dele Alli, when Trippier's cross found him at the far post.
When the goal did come, it was Stones on the end of a ball in from Debruyne's free-kick that flew up off the wall. It was a soft goal to concede and Pochettino will not have been happy about that, friendly or not.
City should have gone further ahead when Gabriel missed a clear chance when he headed off target, then smashed a shot from the edge of the area straight at Lloris and then Sterling was released down the right by Walker, but his final ball ended up in the side netting, with it neither being a cross or a shot. But they continued to press onto the Tottenham defence, with Danilo trying to beat Hugo at his near post, but being denied by a low stop.
Spurs looked to be playing the long ball up to Kane and another example of the injudicious officiating by the American officials saw Stones get away with nothing more than a free-kick given against him for wrestling Kane to the floor. It was the same when Kompany went through Dele from the back and the Spurs midfielder's reaction showed his disapproval of the tackle by the Belgian centre-half. The Spurs element in the crowd were showing their disapproval of Kyle Walker's appearance in a light blue shirt, with massive boos whenever he got on the ball.
From the free-kick for Kompany's foul, Eriksen struck a fine effort from over 25 yards that brought a save out of Ederson, diving to his right to push the ball out. At the other end, Lloris was stopping Spurs going under, as he made sharp saves to efforts from Gabriel and Danilo, before Gabriel missed a sitter by slicing Debruyne's ball so wide it almost went for a throw-in.
With City enjoying the bulk of the play, Spurs had been confined to their own half, but Eriksen put Harry through and while his shot beat Ederson, it also ended up being a few feet too high, as it sailed over the bar. It would have been unjust, as City had looked to be first to every ball and then made ground quickly to get at Spurs, especially down our left. Luckily, there was a lack of a clinical finisher on the end of the chances they created, but Aguero was waiting on the bench and when Spurs turned around at 0-1, Pochettino must have been very relieved.
At half-time, Vorm came on for Lloris, but was no less busy. City were finding ways through the Tottenham midfield to launch attacks, but Danilo was embarrassing when he went down easily looking for a penalty. Spurs had felt hard done by with some of the City challenges, with Dier involved in a spat with Debruyne and then Alli looked to be a bit late as he dived into a tackle.
The number of crosses that fizzed across the Spurs box was a little worrying, luckily there were no light blue shirts on the end of them. Vorm made his first save on 65 minutes when Danilo created a chance for Aguero and the keeper made a low stop to keep out the Man City striker. Aguero went closer straight away when his shot hit the bottom of the post and then defenders blocked Nasri and Aguero. Aguero struck the post again, when he cut into the box past Alderweireld and hit a shot from about 12 yards out, latching onto the long clearance upfield by Ederson.
When Raheem Sterling was played through on goal, he kept calm and rolled the ball past Vorm into the bottom corner of the net with 72 minutes gone to add a goal that had been coming for a while. The goal was followed by a rash of substitutions and the game opened up a bit allowing Spurs to get forward. Janssen forced Ederson into a save with a snapshot, while Alderweireld fired over from a corner and Eriksen tested sub keeper Muric with a shot from outside the box that had to be pushed away. With a minute left, Spurs had their best chance through Janssen. The Dutchman took Davies' pass, flicked it over Muric and as he was about to volley it in, the keeper got back to knock the ball away with a good recovery.
Ironically, Spurs went 3-0 behind in added time, when a scramble that saw three efforts blocked ended with substitute Diaz slotting home from close range.
The opposition deserved their win and were more determined than Spurs, showing a physical side which might be a new addition to Guardiola's approach to the Premier League season. Having been defensively weak last season and having added expensively to the back line, players all over the pitch were happy to go through players and shirt-pull to prevent any forward movement by Tottenham. not that we were functioning as we can. With few opportunities to sharpen things up, the side need to be ready for the season opener at Newcastle, with a fast start to the season required.
Gareth from Southgate
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