Player ratings because Riyad Mahrez is an inspiration to come back

Riyad Mahrez inspired Man City’s second-half comeback, scoring a brace as the Citizens came from two goals down to score an important win.

Tottenham took the lead in the first half thanks to goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal, before Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and Mahrez’s brace completed an impressive comeback.

As expected, Manchester City dominated the ball in the opening exchanges, but Tottenham were largely able to restrain the hosts’ efforts on goal.

Christian Romero proved particularly impressive in the opening half hour, perhaps the highlight of that period when he came back to pull off a great Jack Grealish tackle.

The game opened up a bit more after that period, with Spurs finding their way into the final third repeatedly. However, they let themselves more open at the back line, allowing City to make their first notable effort on goal in the 38th minute. That effort would come from youngster Rico Luis, who forced Hugo Lloris into a decent saw with his holeshot effort from 25 yards.

Their next chance came a few minutes later, when Nathan Ake volleyed the ball over the Spurs defense and into the path of Erling Haaland. Having controlled well, the Norwegian saw his untimely goal with his foot, which was saved by Lloris.

After several decent saves, Lloris made his usual speech in the 43rd minute, rushing in to try to beat Haaland from a cross into the heart of the penalty area. Haaland got there first, but was unable to cross the bar.

Then, out of nowhere, the Spurs took the lead.

The goal would come from a terrible game from Man City, with Ederson playing a terrible ball at Rodri inside a penalty that Rodrygo Bentancur kicked off his feet. Then the ball trickled down to Kulusevski, who calmly stood in the net.

Just before half time Spurs scored repeatedly. This time it was Emerson (of all people) who would score, as the fullback responded first in the six-yard box to head home after Ederson blocked a Harry Kane kick.

At the start of the second half, Man City found their way back into the game, with Alvarez reacting well to the goalkeeper’s scramble to shoot the ball into the roof of the net.

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A few minutes later, City equalised.

The second came from Haaland, who fired an accurate header across Mahrez’s goal to make it 2-2.

For all the momentum City had, it was Tottenham who nearly regained the lead on the hour mark. After some great play from Kulusevski on the right, the Sweden international pulled the ball onto the back of Ivan Perisić who saw his subsequent shot on goal deflected onto the post by Lewis.

Spurs and Perisic would have regretted a few minutes later when Mahrez made it 3-2. The Algerian – in electric form in the second half – edged past Davies on the right of the penalty area before punching the ball past Lloris.

The wide player scored his brace in the 89th minute, taking advantage of a miserable first touch by Clement Lenglet before smashing the ball over Lloris.

GK – Ederson – 2/10 – His woeful play led to the opening goal.

Right back – Rico Lewis – 7/10 – Man City’s best defender and he’s only 18 years old. Serious talent.

Playmaker Manuel Akanji – 4/10 – Weak on the ball sometimes. For anyone who has watched the Bundesliga over the past five years, it remains a mystery that Guardiola starts Akanci week after week.

CB – John Stones – 5/10 – Passing was better than his partner’s.

Left-back – Nathan Ake – 5/10 – struggled against Colo.

Right midfielder – Riyad Mahrez – 10/10 – He turned the style around early in the second half to propel his side back into the game, before scoring the third goal to give City the lead.

CM – Rodri – 4/10 – Slow in possession, slow in response outside of possession. Not at his best.

CM – Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10 – In a proper middle fight against Bentancourt and Hojbjerg.

Left midfielder – Jack Grealish – 4/10 – He backs away rather than taking the guy’s way more often.

ST – Erling Haaland – 7/10 – He missed some really good chances in the first half but finally got his goal in the second half.

Striker – Julian Alvarez – 7/10 – He paid his manager again to get him started by scoring City’s first goals of the evening.

SUB – Kyle Walker – N/A.

SUB – Bernardo Silva – Unavailable.

GK – Hugo Lloris – 4/10 – Made a couple of good saves but might also have done better for City’s third.

Center back – Christian Romero – 7/10 – He was brilliant in the first half, single-handedly stifling most of City’s attacks.

CB – Eric Dier – 6/10 – Put decent enough performance.

Center back – Ben Davies – 3/10 – I turned inside out a few times too many times in the second half.

Right-back – Emerson Royal – 6/10 – He scored a goal very rarely and did a good defensive performance as well.

CM – Rodrigo Bentancur – 7/10 – The difference he makes to his Tottenham team mate cannot be underestimated. His diligence made the colo editorial.

Midfielder – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6/10 – He worked hard to keep track of the midfield players.

Left back – Ivan Perisic – 4/10 – It almost gave the Spurs a 3-2 lead, but was denied by Lewis and the Post.

Right winger – Dejan Kulusevski – 7/10 – He scored the opener and caused Aki trouble the whole time.

Striker – Harry Kane – 6/10 – Some nice touches and his movement causes the city some problems.

LW – Heung-min Son – 2/10 – devoid of confidence. By far Tottenham’s least effective striker on Thursday night…and throughout the rest of the season, too.

SUB – Ryan Sessegnon – N/A.

SUB – Yves Bissouma – N/A.

SUB – Clement Lenglet – 0/10 – He came off the bench and committed a foul, which resulted in a goal. complete bad.

SUB – Richarlison – Unavailable.

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