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Tottenham took an “absolute battering” from Manchester City, says Paul Merson

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Writing in his weekly Sky Sports column, Paul Merson has claimed Tottenham took an “absolute battering” at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday.

What did he say?

Mauricio Pochettino’s side rode their luck at the Etihad to earn a 2-2 draw with the Premier League champions, and managed to avoid a late defeat thanks to an intervention from VAR.

The post-match stats revealed how the north Londoners faced thirty shots on goal from the home side, whilst they only managed three of their own. Now, Merson has insisted Spurs could not have had any complaints had they suffered a heavy loss.

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He said: “Let’s be honest, it is not like Spurs went there and ripped Man City apart! It was an absolute battering! If I were Tottenham, they just got over the line against Villa and let’s be honest, they got rinsed on Saturday. And if that had ended up six or seven, Tottenham would not have complained, they could not have moaned.”

A point is a point

Pep Guardiola’s side may have thrown the kitchen sink at Spurs over the course of the 90 minutes on Saturday, but in the end, the score-line read 2-2. For all of City’s dominance, they left the game with just a single point to their name.

There may be occasions over the course of the season where Spurs’ fortune at the Etihad slips away, but come the end of the season, taking a point from the home of the champions could be a major advantage for the north London side.

Nobody looks back and talks about how they were “battered” or “rinsed”. What matters is the end result, and Spurs will rightly head into the next couple of weeks with a spring in their step.

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Indeed, a draw at the Etihad arguably takes some of the pressure away from having to secure a big result against Arsenal on September 1. Another point at the Emirates would make that a pair of unbeaten games away from home against two of last season’s top six, and firmly set Spurs up for the rest of the campaign.

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