Tottenham player ratings vs Manchester City: three get 6/10 but 'very poor' star gets 4 in tense defeat

The player ratings from Tottenham’s tense Premier League defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League.

Tottenham’s Champions League hopes were ultimately ended by a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League on Tuesday night. The defeat was their fifth in the last six games and they are now in danger of dropping further in the league table.

Tottenham were the best side in the first half, enjoying most of possession and causing Manchester City all kinds of problems in transition. The talk before kick-off was if Tottenham would be switched on for a game that could give Arsenal an advantage.

The first half suggested Spurs were ultimate professionals and wanted to give themselves the best chance of going into the last game of the season with a chance to get Champions League football.

James Maddison who has looked lost in the last month was back at his best, pinging passes and combining effectively with Rodrigo Bentancur. But as expected Manchester City returned from the first half a different side, looking brilliant and pouncing on every mistake Ange Postecoglou’s side made.

So when Bentancur missed a chance to bring Foden down, the English man fired in a cross which missed everyone before Kevin De Bruyne nicely laid it on the plate for Erling Haaland to open the scoring. It looked like a simple finish but that was well-worked.

The goal then brought urgency from Spurs who knew that no team in Premier League history had started the season the way they did and finished below third and a defeat here meant they could end up finishing below fourth if results went against them this weekend.

The often reliable Son Heung-min had a perfect chance to draw his side level after a mistake by Manuel Akanji but his effort was saved by substitute Stefan Ortega and minutes later Manchester City had a penalty and Haaland put the game to bed.

Here is how we rated the Tottenham players out there.

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