Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Sterling, De Bruyne superb in City's VAR-tainted draw with Spurs

Sterling, De Bruyne superb in City's VAR-tainted draw with Spurs

Manchester City were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against Tottenham after the Premier League champions were denied a dramatic victor by VAR, while Liverpool extended their flawless start to the title race with a 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.

Having only been introduced into the Premier League this season, it has already caused controversy, after a separate decision went against City last week.

But it was VAR who had the last say, ruling out Jesus's strike and once again thwarting Guardiola's match up with Pochettino after a late Sterling strike in last season's Champions League quarter-final was similarly disallowed.

Spurs rode their luck against City to leave the Etihad Stadium with a creditable point but Pochettino said he could not be concerned that the champions had been able to manage 30 shots to Tottenham's three given the gulf in budgets between the sides.

City were in front in the 20th minute when Kevin De Bruyne's sublime cross was met by Sterling at the far post and the City winger headed back across Hugo Lloris for his fourth goal of the season.

However, there was no evidence in the performance of a slipping of standards after winning the first domestic treble of trophies English football had ever seen last season.

Aguero and City manager Guardiola were engaged in a heated discussion as he was being subbed off.

"We played incredible. The best game we have played in our time together, it was so good". We want to treat supporters as adults.

"We should have scored one more, we had enough opportunities to score".

The result leaves City two points behind Liverpool, the team expected again to be its biggest rival for the title.

Gabriel Jesus thought he scored the victor in the second minute of injury time in a wild English Premier League match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday when he curled home a finish after the ball landed at his feet following a corner.

In a game that City dominated, Gabriel Jesus appeared to have won the tie for the home side in the 90th minute.

Below is what we learned from a wild seven games across the league. They do, however, contend City should have been awarded a penalty kick in the first half after Rodri was pulled down by Erik Lamela.

Ndombele has impressed in his first two matches, while the signings of Giovani lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon will add greater depth and Son Heung-min is still to return from suspension.

Pochettino could still lose Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid as the Spanish transfer window does not shut until 2 September.

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