5 times Tottenham got in the way of City’s life in the Guardiola Era

The 4th phase of FA Cup will necessarily leave one of the greats along the way in the fight for the title. This because Tottenham e Manchester City duel this Friday (26), at 5pm (Brasília time), in London, with live broadcast on ESPN on Star+.

The heavy confrontation pits two attacking coaches (Ange Postecoglou and Pep Guardiola) face to face, teams fighting for the top positions in the league. Premier League and a recent history that greatly torments the Spanish team’s followers.

Since July 2016, when Guardiola began work at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham has been one of his biggest thorns in Manchester City’s side. There are eight victories over the current three-time English champion, many of them in important situations or that hindered the blue team in its objectives.

Added to this is the fact that City didn’t even score a goal at their new home. Spurs and lost all five games he played at the stadium.

Is there another chapter coming to this happy book for Londoners, but sad for Mancunians? Difficult to nail down, but, so that history is not forgotten, the ESPN.com.br List below five times that Tottenham made City a victim in the “Guardiola Era”.

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First executioner

Guardiola’s first defeat in charge of Manchester City was against Tottenham in the 2016/17 season. After a run with ten consecutive victories and a draw with Celtic for the Uefa Champions Leaguethe blue team went to London to visit the Spurs in the old White Hart Lane and got it wrong.

Aleksandar Kolarov (own goal) and Dele Alli scored in the first half and defined the victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, a result that took City off the rails. There were six games without winning, in a series that hurt the team in the race for the title of the Premier League.

Trauma na Champions

In the 2018/19 season, City won all four domestic titles (Premier League, FA Cup, English League Cup e England Super Cup) for the first time in history. The only reason he didn’t win the unprecedented quintuple crown was precisely because of Tottenham.

The clubs faced off in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, in a match that saw City favoritism. But the Spurs They surprised by winning 1-0 in London and secured qualification on away goals by losing 4-3 at the Etihad Stadium.

City even scored the fifth goal, which would have qualified, with Raheem Sterling, but the striker was offside by inches, which canceled the shot. To this day, the image of Guardiola falling to his knees in the technical area after a VAR decision is used in memes against football players. Citizens.

Mourinhism in the vein

In February 2020, Tottenham x Manchester City marked the reunion between two coaches who marked generations, with José Mourinho for the home team and challenging then-champion Pep Guardiola.

While the teams played 11 against 11, City dominated Tottenham and even had a penalty missed, by Ilkay Gundogan. At the beginning of the second half, Zinchenko was sent off and left the Spurs with advantage. Bergwijn and Son scored in two almost consecutive plays and killed the match.

Dramatic defeat at the end

Then champions, City entered the 2021/22 season as big favorites for the trophy. It started in an overwhelming way as usual and reached the 26th round with 20 wins and just two losses. The problem is that the next opponent was Tottenham.

Antonio Conte’s team opened the scoring with Dejan Kulusevski and suffered insane pressure until the equalizer from Gundogan. Harry Kane replaced the Spurs ahead, until Riyad Mahrez equalized again from the penalty spot in the 47th minute of the second half.

It seemed like it would end like this, but Kane believed until the end. The striker, who had failed in his attempt to move to City for months, scored the winner in the 50th minute of the second half, in what was City’s third and final defeat in the Premier League. The title came, but in a season with two defeats to the rival.

Crisis-flavored tie

The clubs had another draw full of goals on December 3, 2023, when Tottenham visited City in Manchester and, despite the immense pressure they suffered, especially in the first half, they returned home with a draw that looked more like a victory, according to history. about the game.

Son opened the scoring after just 6 minutes, but equalized after scoring in the 9th. Foden left City ahead until Giovani Lo Celso equalized again. Jack Grealish made it 3-2, but Kulusevski equalized in the last minute.

Where to watch Tottenham vs Manchester City?

Tottenham x Manchester City will have live broadcast on ESPN on Star+ on Friday (26), at 5pm.

The post first appeared on www.espn.com.br

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