Manchester City’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur was a disappointing result for Pep Guardiola’s side but I don’t think it means the defending champions need a complete redesign.
The biggest reason City lost was their lack of creativity, and when your number nine – especially someone as deadly as Erling Haaland – does not have a shot at goal in the entire game, then of course you have to question what went wrong.
It must have been even more frustrating for them to lose in north London because Arsenal’s defeat by Everton on Saturday was the first sense of the door being left slightly ajar in the title race, and City’s response saw them come away with nothing the following day.
But before everyone criticises Guardiola, and says what he might have done differently, let’s remember that City have played worse than that this season and still got something from the game.
I am not trying to play down the significance or even the manner of this defeat, but there are a few reasons I’d be far more concerned if it had come against a team other than Spurs.