Post Match Review: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
What a game! Just when it looked like Manchester City had a last minute goal, VAR ruled a disallowed goal due to a handball by Laporte. The video assistant referee has already made an impact across the Premier League in the first two weekends. The game finished with a 2-2 draw, with Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino stood together likely trying to make sense of the whole thing. My personal opinion is that the goal should be disallowed, as had it not hit Laporte's arm then it would not have landed in the feet of Gabriel Jesus. Based on the Handball - Law 12, it should stand as a disallowed goal.
Taking away from the VAR situation, it was a tense game for Tottenham who were very lucky to walkaway with a point at the end of the game. It is hard to say whether it was a deserved draw, but any football fan would take the point after the game that just happened.
Lucas Moura can not be doubted for being a player that can completely change the game, with his first touch on the ball (estimated 19 seconds) resulting in a goal! Spurs did well to hold off a strong Manchester City squad, managing an equaliser in the first half scored by Erik Lamela.
Man City dominated play throughout the game, overrunning both Kyle Walker-Peters and Moussa Sissoko on the right flank. Despite this, the team did will to handle the pressure which was fierce at times.
After losing their 2-1 lead, Pep decided to sub out Ageuro in favour of Gabriel Jesus. This led to a clear disagreement on the sidelines between Pep and Aguero in which Arteta split them apart sending Aguero to the bench to sit next to Riyad Mahrez. Despite the disagreement, you could see Aguero and Guardiolo making peace prior to VAR review coming through for Jesus' goal.
Despite an incredibly frustrating game, Spurs showed resilience to stay in the game and aim for a point from the match. Reflecting back on the game, it felt like Pochettino played a risky game not making his 2nd and 3rd substitution earlier in the game, when Spurs could have done with some fresh legs. One thing that was proven in this game, is that with the right amount of pace - the right flank can easily be broken down, a problem that Pochettino will need to address moving forward.
Overall, a great results for Tottenham Hotspur and likely to feel like loss for the Manchester City team.