Week 35--Manchester City v Spurs: Part 3--City 1-0 Spurs

By David Shams

Manchester City fans didn’t have to wait long to see how their team would respond after being knocked out in the Champions League quarterfinals by Tottenham.

Five minutes in to their game against that same Tottenham side, Phil Foden, given just his second start of the season by City manager Pep Guardiola, nodded home the game’s only goal. Sergio Aguero assisted, off a cross from Bernardo Silva, after heading the ball back across goal to an on rushing Foden.

Saturday was third time in 11 days these two teams met. The first two matchups were a part of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Spurs won that tie, going through on away goals after the teams were level at four goals a piece.

But that Foden goal was where City’s dominance ended. Several flurishes from the North London side left many certain Spurs could at least pull level. Son Heung-Min, Christian Eriksen, and Lucas Moura all missed clear chances on either side of halftime.

City suffered an injury blow with Kevin De Bruyne coming off injured in the 38th minute. It’s unfortunate as he’s had a good run of form lately and was slowly growing into the game.

Referee Michael Oliver turned down a penalty claim from Spurs after Kyle Walker’s forearm struck the ball off a cut back from Dele Alli. It would have likely been harsh as Walker didn’t know much about it. But if this were next season, this would have probably been settled by VAR.

The win put City 1 point ahead of Liverpool at the top of the table before the Merseyside club played in Cardiff on Sunday. City has a game in hand and travels to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Each club made significant changes to their lineups for Saturday’s match up.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was already without striker Harry Kane, who missed the 2nd leg, due to injury. Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko both picked up a muscle strains on Wednesday and weren’t on the bench for Saturday’s match. Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga replaced Lloris.

Along the back line, Pochettino went with five at the back. Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth, and Ben Davies started, with Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose relegated to the bench. In the midfield, Eric Dier replaced Sissoko, while Victor Wanyama was dropped to the bench in favor of five at the back.

City manager Pep Guardiola kept the same formation, but John Stones and Oleksandr Zichenko both started in favor of Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy, neither of whom made the bench for Saturday’s match. And in the midfield, young starlet Phil Foden replaced David Silva.

David is the founder of DC Soccer Digest. He lives in Washington, DC.

Spurs Keep Another Clean Sheet At The New White Hart Lane: Spurs 5-0 Huddersfield

By Juan Aguerrevere

Mauricio Pochettino had to make some changes to his squad after a well fought mid-week Champions League win over Manchester City. Harry Kane (ankle), Harry Winks (groin) and Delle Alli (wrist) came out of the game with injuries.The Spurs’ manager also rested a few players, featuring birthday boy Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Victor Wanyama, Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura against relegated side, Huddersfield.

Jan Siewert's side featured 3 changes from last week along with a very tight 4-5-1 formation. Juninho Bacuna, Elias Kachunga, and Florent Hadergjonaj started leaving Alex Pritchard, Aaron Moy and Tommy Smith on the bench.

Huddersfield looked strong defensively in the first 20 minutes shutting down Tottenham through the middle. But the North London side, were just too much.

Ben Davies' pass to Llorente ended up as a perfect weighted through ball for Wanyama who was originally crashing the box looking to connect with Llorente. Wanyama rounded the keeper and tapped it in for his first Premier League goal this season. Just two minutes later, Wanyama's midfield partner, Moussa Sissoko charged forward and flicked the ball on to Moura, who had spun in behind his defender. Moura fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.

After the second goal, Llorente had 4 close attempts at goal including a magnificent volley that struck the crossbar. Siewert's late formation change and subs made the Terriers more dynamic going forward, but also it also left space for Tottenham to exploit. Assisted by Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son, Moura was able to complete his first Premier League hat-trick late in the game. Fans and Moura celebrated the special moment with his baby showing his serious tekkers on the field. Another game and another clean sheet for Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.