Although Spurs put up a great performance at White Hart Lane, it was undoubtedly Joe Hart who dominated the field tonight. The keeper from Birmingham City kept the Spurs at bay with 8 fantastic saves. Gareth Bale looked sharp out there, flying through the wings and cutting inside, but he just couldn’t find the back of net. I was a little disappointed with Jermain Defoe. Yes, he had one great chance to score, but aside from that, he was invisible from the game – so was Robbie Keane. Giovanni also did well, floating crosses and providing Aaron Lennon a breather.
On the Citizens’ point of view, David Silva and Yaya Toure did well in the match. Aleksandar Kolarov showed flashes of greatness, but he had to be substituted by halftime due to a minor injury. Carlos Tevez was tireless as usual, but he was getting the ball way too deep to his liking. Ledley King and Michael Dawson proved to be a great combination yet again.
I’m sure they’d both be satisfied with a point. I sure am satisfied with that. It was a bright start for Hotspurs, as they evidently showcased the form that they had since last year. From hereon, they could only do better I’m sure. If it wasn’t for Joe Hart, it should have been 2+ goals for Spurs. Great stuff and great opening to a much anticipated Premier League season.
(On a side note, if Ashley Young joins Tottenham, then definitely, Tottenham > Manchester City).