Tottenham emerged with an unlikely looking point from the Etihad in their second game of the new league season as they held champions City to a 2-2 draw.
Spurs had needed a late comeback against Villa in the opening round, and Christian Eriksen, the hero of that comeback, was given a starting spot at the expense of Lucas Moura.
City dominated the first half (and indeed the whole game), with two pieces of magic from Kevin de Bruyne, captaining his side in the league for the first time, putting them 2-1 up at the break. Spurs’ only goal came through Lamela, who took advantage of Ederson being off his line.
The XG for this game tells a story in itself- City with 3, and Spurs with around 0.2. It was the biggest margin of xG without winning in a PL fixture since 2017.
Lucas Moura was subbed on in the second half and made an instant impact, nodding home from a corner. City peppered the Spurs goal in search of a winner, and thought they had it at the end when Jesus scored, only for VAR to rule that Laporte had handled the ball before it landed at the Brazilian’s feet.
City were stunned, just as they had been in the CL quarterfinal earlier this year. Jeers rang around the Etihad, but it didn’t change the result for the Citizens, who had effectively dropped two points in this fixture.