Man City 2 – 3 Tottenham

Going into Saturday’s clash with Manchester City, I like most Spurs fans wasn’t expecting much. In fact, I was fearing a heavy defeat. Following two losses on the bounce at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Antonio Conte project had appeared to hit a bump in the road. Quite a significant one based on the calamitous defending during both those games. Conte had made moves in the recent transfer window, but I was assuming that these players would take time to settle and were unlikely to have an immediate impact, particularly in an away game with the Premier League leaders. Bookmakers had pretty much written Spurs off too with odds of 10/1 available in places, and this situation was replicated at the best australia online casino as well as other odds compilers.

Harry Kane has been somewhat out of sorts this season, but his performance in the famous win at the Etihad Stadium was nothing short of sublime. Not only did Kane score twice including the injury time winner, the Tottenham captain was instrumental through the whole match. Constantly dropping deep to win possession and find team mates with sensational passes, it was as though Harry Kane wanted to prove a point against the team who tried to sign him back in the summer. Harry did not play in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season due to the uncertainty surrounding his future. Although his thinking is still not clear, it may be that Kane is keen to remain at the club for the foreseeable due to the arrival of Antonio Conte.

Manchester City did dominate possession and chances as you would expect, but the stats don’t seem to matter when they play Tottenham. Spurs are fast becoming Pep Guardiola’s bogey team. Having completed the double over the reigning Premier League champions this term, Spurs also knocked City out of the Champions League in 2019 when their opponents were again the overwhelming favourites. Whether Antonio Conte’s men can now build on this result remains to be seen. They go to a resurgent Burnley side in midweek where victory would see the Lilywhites go level on points with fifth placed West Ham. If Spurs were to win their three games in hand they would actually overhaul Manchester United in fourth, a team they face on March 12th…

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