Manchester City were again hurt by VAR as an injury time winner against Spurs was over turned and again favored Tottenham side who instead snuck away with a 2-2 draw.
The Blues dominated large periods of the game and were twice ahead through Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero goals, only to be brought back level back each time by a Tottenham side who did their vintage goals out of their keesters move.
The only disappointment for the Blues was that from the 30 shots at goal, only two resulted in goals after a performance that deserved far more than a solitary point.
On to the reaction:
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“We played incredible,” Guardiola said. “One of the best games we’ve played in our time together.
“We played good, but unfortunately we could not win.
“We’ll recover, train and prepare for the next game. We don’t have regrets, that’s the most important thing.
“The way we arrive, create chances and put Tottenham deeper when they wanted to press.
“Unfortunately, when they cross the line they score and then a set piece. Nothing else.
“We play Tottenham, one of the best teams in Europe.”
It’s a pity because it’s the last minutes,” Guardiola said. “When that happens, it’s tough. We play good and in the last moments we score a goal.
“All we can do is try to play like today as much as possible, be clinical. They are one of the best teams and what we have done against them was fascinating. That’s my feeling.
“Today was fantastic in everything we have done, our pressing, closing spaces, controlling counter attacks and creating chances.”
On Aguero: “He believed I was upset with him for the goal we conceded. The goal we conceded was a corner. I wanted one on one movement. “
“He thought I was upset with him. Emotion is part of our game. We talked after and during. He’s a guy I love a lot.”
Kevin De Bruyne Reaction
“We totally dominated the game and should have scored more goals,” said the Belgian.
”The way we played was really well. The team will do great things this season.
”Everybody is proud with the way we performed - Spurs got two goals but they only had two chances so they were really clinical. We have to be proud because to play at this level against a team like Tottenham is really good for the rest of the season.
”It’s always more difficult in a big game but we almost totally dominated them. They had some of the ball but it was always their defenders that had the ball which wasn’t an issue for us.”
“It feels weird to have the last-minute goal disallowed but we just have to accept it,” he added.
”I’m old school - I love the flow of the game and the enthusiasm. But if we want to get the game better, I’m fine with it.
”I have no issue with the rule - the rule is the rule - but it should be looked at because that situation is crazy.”
Feeling like we deserved so much more than just this point today. No luck to say the least, but many positives to retain tho. Its just the beginning and we'll keep going. #comeoncity pic.twitter.com/V1BVJR6j3o— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) August 17, 2019
Frustrating result but it felt so good to play back at the Etihad! We’ll come back stronger pic.twitter.com/h2pMqW0P2k— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) August 17, 2019
Vary frustrating today. But both teams fought well. Well done to Spurs. Always good to see the boys and fans pic.twitter.com/b4HJGMJmU1— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) August 17, 2019
Fuimos ampliamente superiores y merecimos más. Pero esto es fútbol y estas cosas pasan. A seguir así //We vastly outperformed our rival and deserved more. But this is football, and these are things that can happen. We'll keep up the work. C'mon, City! pic.twitter.com/6FcwFotxJs— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 17, 2019
football might die because of var, good god— Bitter and Blue (@Bitter_and_Blue) August 17, 2019
ok i’m full on the anti-city conspiracy wagon— Josh Crutchmer (@jcrutchmer) August 17, 2019
Still, keep this in mind: https://t.co/dSGcB2Vdvy— Bitter and Blue (@Bitter_and_Blue) August 17, 2019
Up next, City travel to face Bournemouth in the Premier League. See you then!