Tottenham 4 Manchester City 1: ‘I know the goals were offside’ – Pellegrini

Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has urged his team-mates not to panic after their 4-1 defeat at Tottenham on Saturday.


“Sometimes you are not in the best scoring condition when you start to play and your confidence goes down”.

I am very pleased Harry Kane scored his first goal of the season for us”, Pochettino said.

Late on Son prodded home at the back post but the goal was ruled out for offside and then Lamela added a fourth after N’Jie found him superbly in the box.

De Bruyne became the culprit as his misplaced pass before the break enabled Eric Dier to strike from 30 yards out and level the scoreline.

City simply dissolved after the interval, capitulating in a way that does not say a great deal for the character of this team.

With two goals in as many games, record signing Kevin De Bruyne is set to spearhead the City midfield once again, while the likes of Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi are also in line to retain their starting berths.

The scoring would continue for Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, as Toby Alderweireld scored in the 50th minute with a header, and Kane would earn his much-needed first score in the 61st, pouncing on a Tottenham freekick that hit the crossbar.

Kane side-footed in when team-mate Christian Eriksen’s free-kick came back off the woodwork before Lamela slid home as the visitors chased the game.

Pellegrini’s bold team choice comes seven days after the league leaders lost their first game of the season to West Ham.

However, the Frenchman’s goal would soon be breached after his team-mates cheaply conceded possession. “The two offside goals were very important because the first one was their equaliser and the next one made it 3-1, but its part of the game and when you lose 4-1 its not just about the referee’s mistake”.

Yet, the City manager must be alarmed about their vulnerabilities without the sturdy presence of Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart.

Only a few short weeks ago, Manchester City were being touted as the runaway Premier League champions, and it appeared that they would be unstoppable having demolished every opposition put in front of them in their opening matches.


Only the mid-week League Cup win at struggling Sunderland punctuated that worrying run.

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