Manchester City could have closed the gap on Arsenal to just 2 points at the top of the Premier League yesterday (Sunday), but after seeing the Gunners lose to Everton on Saturday, the champions themselves succumbed to Tottenham 1:0 in London and failed to take advantage of the stumbling of Mikel Arteta and his players, who kept On the 5 point gap when they have one more game to go.
Of course, City's loss led to a lot of criticism of Pep Guardiola, when Gary Neville said after the game: "In the last few weeks, it seems that Pep Guardiola is starting to play games a bit. When I received the lineup sheet yesterday, that was my feeling. You go to a game like this without Kevin De Browne and Ruben Dias? What are you trying to achieve with this? Sometimes it's really embarrassing to visit Pep and within a week he proves you wrong. But in my feeling, something just isn't working there. Something is wrong there. There is a strange feeling around the team."
The one who still got attention is Arling Holland who did not kick the frame against the Spurs and looked lost in the last games despite his impressive statistics so far this season.
"We've seen maybe 60 percent of Arling Holland's abilities so far," said Jimmy Krager, who co-commentates with Neville.
"He came to England from a league and from a team that is based on explosive attacks, on fast side-to-side football. He played there at a dizzying pace, and you just don't see him reaching that pace at City. He may have chosen the wrong team in the summer, because he's just not maximizing his abilities." .
🤯 Manchester City's record at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
😰 An unhappy hunting ground for Pep Guardiola... pic.twitter.com/pmEbGE3MTZ
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Carragher also said: "With him, City is a different team, and maybe not as good. It's not his fault. City simply isn't built to play the football he needs to express himself. It's true, Holland scored a lot of goals at the beginning of the season, and his numbers are still excellent, but we're not You see the full package he is able to provide."
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