Manager Pep Guardiola’s excuse angered the fans.
Manchester City lost 0-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the 22nd round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England at 1:30 am (Korean time) on the 6th. Man City, who did not win points, remained in second place in the league without narrowing the point gap with first-place Arsenal.
There have been some changes to Manchester City’s starting list. Most of them were starting players, but instead of ace Kevin De Bruyne, Julian Alvarez started as an attacking midfielder. Other than this, including Riyad Mahrez, who scored two goals in the last confrontation with Tottenham and became the main player in the victory, main players Elling Haaland, Rodri, and Bernardo Silva started as a starter. 안전놀이터
Man City failed to attempt a meaningful attack. Rather, he struggled with Tottenham’s forward pressure and allowed a goal in the 15th minute of the first half. Rodri’s pass miss came out, and Tottenham, who snatched it from a high position, immediately attempted a quick counterattack. Harry Kane, who received a pass from Pierre-Emile Hoivier, calmly finished and scored the opening goal.
When no equalizer was scored, Manchester City pulled the reins of the attack by introducing The Bruwiner in the 14th minute of the second half. However, despite De Bruyne’s input, Manchester City lost 0-1. Since Arsenal lost to Everton, a relegation zone team, the day before, Manchester City could have followed Arsenal closely if they won this game, but they ended up kicking their own chance.
This defeat puts Manchester City on a bad record. Tottenham’s away record. Manchester City have not won a single away game since Tottenham moved their home stadium to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Even losing all five games, including this one, and maintaining a record of all losses, not a draw. Also, the Tottenham away scoreless record suffered humiliation that could not be broken.
It was Guardiola’s interview that made Manchester City fans furious at the defeat even more angry. Guardiola said after the game, “Coming from Manchester to London is like leaving for Northern Europe. It takes 4 hours and 20 to 30 minutes to get to the hotel. It’s really hard.” said.
Fans who heard this remark responded such as “Guardiola is becoming like Jurgen Klopp” and “It’s a pitiful excuse. Man City players would have rode in the first class”.