It was a match played out by two of the top six, but neither managed to secure a vital three points on Saturday evening. Manchester City were the better side for large portions of the game and should have been given a penalty when they were winning 2-1, which would have almost certainly have secured the victory for the home side. However, Pep Guardiola recognised that his side can’t blame the officials, with his side’s lack of profligacy a bigger reason for their failure to win. Tottenham managed to extend their unbeaten run and it will be the visitors that are happier with this result. Here are three things that we learnt…
Sergio Aguero continues to struggle
The Argentine is one of the best players in the league, but he has had a disappointing season by his standards. He does still have a good goal record, with 15 in all competitions, but he has struggled since his return from suspension. Although his link-up play was good this evening and he worked hard for his side, his cutting edge was lacking. He didn’t come close to scoring and as he is Manchester City’s main goal threat, that is a concern for Pep Guardiola.
At the age of 28, Aguero should be at the peak of his powers and it has been interesting how he hasn’t been able to reach the next level under Guardiola. Many thought that the Argentine would thrive this season and would benefit from the coaching of Guardiola, but it has been a difficult campaign for the striker. Although it seems remarkable to say that about him considering he is scoring a goal every 120.5 minutes, he has struggled in the big matches and has served two suspensions. There is something holding Aguero back and the sooner that it is resolved, the better for Manchester City.