Premier League 2019/20: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur – Tactical Analysis Tactics
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The big Premier League match of the weekend featured Tottenham Hotspur visiting Manchester City. The game did not disappoint as it ended in a controversial 2-2 result. VAR disallowed a Gabriel Jesus goal to snatch the victory from Manchester City in stoppage time. Manchester City saw Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero with goals. Tottenham countered with goals from Érik Lamela and substitute Lucas Moura.

The wild match was largely dominated by Manchester City. The shot count from Wyscout was 28-3 in Manchester City’s favour. The xG was 3.24 to 0.18 and possession was 58% to 42% all for Manchester City. It was a dominant performance everywhere except the scoreboard.

This tactical analysis will look to provide an in-depth analysis of the interesting tactical battle in the 2-2 draw. Tottenham had clear tactical intentions to eliminate Manchester City’s attack from getting to the end line on the right for a cross on the ground. Through focusing on taking away Manchester City’s common tactics on the right, Tottenham left themselves vulnerable on the backside.

Lineups

Manchester City came out in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Ederson got the start in goal behind the back four of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolás Otamendi, and Kyle Walker. The midfield was anchored by Rodrigo with İlkay Gündoğan alongside. There were three attackers in Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo Silva with Sergio Agüero up top.

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