A day after it had hosted a NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles, Wembley was the venue for a crunch Premier League encounter between Tottenham and Man City. Pep Guardiola’s men won 1-0 after a long ball from Ederson was sent into the path of Riyad Mahrez by Sterling, with the Algerian converting from close range.
A crowd of close to 57,000, almost a one third decrease on the number that had attended the same fixture last season, saw Spurs slip to their third loss of the season and fall behind London rivals Arsenal in the league standings. Interestingly in comparison, the NFL fixture on Sunday was attended by 85,870.
Spurs had their chances- Harry Kane was in acres of space and in a potential one on one, but Ederson closed down the space just in time. Erik Lamela had another, but blazed it over, and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino later blamed the miss on the condition of the pitch, saying that the ball had bounced when it should not have, a view echoed by City counterpart Pep Guardiola.
Various pundits and fans were clearly unhappy with the pitch, which looked more like a Gridiron surface with all the markings rather than a proper venue for football. Toby Alderweireld said that the pitch didn’t aid play from the back, a style that both City and Spurs prefer. Pundit Chris Sutton didn’t mince words, calling it a “non-league” surface, while legendary Arsenal defender Ian Wright termed it as “ridiculous” and said that “Man City should complain”