Number of meetings at Maine Road/Etihad Stadium in the Premier League era: 22
W/D/L Record: Tottenham Hotspur Wins 10, Manchester City Wins 9, Draws 3
Average Attendance: 42,143
Total Number of Goals: 64
Top 5 Fixture Goalscorers: Sergio Aguero 7, Christian Eriksen 3, Darren Bent 2, Jesus Navas 2, Paul Walsh 2
All data correct upto the end of the 2018-2019 season
The rivalry between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur has becoming one of the more modern day battles in the Premier League. Meetings between these sides in the early days were goal-filled but also, mid-table scraps. Now, both have money, stunning stadiums and two marvellous managers. Tottenham’s success against the Citizens in the quarter-finals of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League stopped Pep Guardiola’s side from a chance of winning the quadruple.
Ahead of their early-season meeting at The Etihad, I look through the archives to pick out 10 of their previous 22 battles in Manchester.
On a rain-soaked afternoon in October 1994, these sides kept the supporters entertained by sharing seven goals. City’s attack of Paul Walsh and Niall Quinn gave Tottenham’s defenders the runaround. Peter Beagrie also enjoyed one of his best games in a City shirt. Walsh was the standout player, scoring twice. Romanian Ilie Dumitrescu did match the feat for the visitors but this defeat had bigger implications for Ossie Ardiles. A lack of defensive mentality led to him being sacked as Spurs boss less than two weeks later.
19th August 1995: Manchester City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
On the opening day of the 1995-1996 season, these sides played out a 1-1 draw. It is one of only three draws in the fixture between these sides when they’ve clashed in Manchester. Teddy Sheringham and Uwe Rosler scored the goals in what was Alan Ball’s first game as City manager. It was one of only two points the Citizens managed in the first three months of the season and they were relegated at the end of the campaign.
23rd December 2002: Manchester City 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
The final match before Christmas in 2002 produced plenty of excitement between two former England managers and it was Glenn Hoddle who came out on top against Kevin Keegan. It was an evening of headers too with four of the five goals coming via this route. City led in the 29th minute through Steve Howey but fellow centre-back Chris Perry cancelled that advantage out. Second half headers from Simon Davies and substitute Gus Poyet put the game beyond the home side’s reach before Ali Benarbia’s neat late consolation. It was a mixed evening for Tottenham’s German international Christian Ziege. He created the goals for Perry and Poyet but was sent off by Jeff Winter for two yellow cards in the closing stages, taking too many liberties with time-wasting.
Victory for Tottenham in this fixture would secure UEFA Champions League football for the following season at the expense of City, who had the more expensive squad and a serial winner in-charge in Roberto Mancini. As anticipated, it was a tight match settled by some fine play from Younes Kaboul. His mazy run on the right-hand side saw his shot parried by Marton Fulop but nodded in from close-range by Peter Crouch. Crouch’s goal in the 82nd minute was the only one of the contest and secured Spurs’ top-four finish. The game is also well-known for manager Harry Redknapp having a bucket of water tipped over him during a TV interview, primarily led by David Bentley!
10th May 2011: Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
A year after Spurs’ success at Eastlands, it was roles reversed and once again, Peter Crouch decided the fixture. This time though, it was at the wrong end. His unfortunate own goal after 30 minutes, turning in James Milner’s cross settled the match in City’s favour. This meant they got the Champions League chance for 2011-2012 and Tottenham missed out.
22nd January 2012: Manchester City 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur
In 2011-2012, Manchester City were going for the title and Tottenham still harboured outside hopes of joining in the race, especially if they won here. After a quiet first half, the game exploded into life in a nine-minute flurry in the second half. City took a 2-0 lead courtesy of quick-fire goals from Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott. Tottenham fought back in great style. Jermain Defoe pounced on a rare misjudgement from Joe Hart, before Gareth Bale produced one of his beauties to make it 2-2 by the 65th minute. More drama was to come. Mario Balotelli escaped censure for a clear stamp on Scott Parker and in stoppage-time; it was the controversial Italian who delivered the final blow. His cool penalty gave Manchester City three very important three points.
24th November 2013: Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham Hotspur
From the moment Jesus Navas fired a shot beyond Hugo Lloris after just 13 seconds, there was little doubt who was going to win this fixture. Tottenham were extremely poor and Manchester City made the most of this to produce a clinical display of ruthless finishing. Navas, Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo all scored twice and it could have been more. The gulf between the two teams in the modern era was never more apparent and Spurs’ reaction was to dismiss Andre Villas-Boas as manager three weeks after this dismal display at The Etihad.
14th February 2016: Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
In the Premier League, Tottenham haven’t enjoyed their most recent visits to The Etihad but they picked up an excellent victory in 2016 which confirmed they would be Leicester City’s closest title challengers in that season. 0-0 at half-time, Spurs were chasing a fifth successive victory and were given a penalty early in the second half. Mark Clattenburg adjudged that Raheem Sterling had charged down a Danny Rose cross with his arm. Harry Kane made no mistake with his penalty but the lead was cancelled out by a goal from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho. The decisive goal came seven minutes from the end. Erik Lamela’s lovely pass played through Christian Eriksen and on his birthday, the Dane finished smartly to give Tottenham all three points. The defeat for City was their seventh of the campaign and effectively ended their title hopes in Manuel Pellegrini’s farewell season as boss.
21st January 2017: Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
This was a day Hugo Lloris will want to forget. The French captain made two clumsy mistakes early in the second half, allowing an out-of-form Manchester City to grab a two-goal lead through goals from Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne. Tottenham’s response was superb in such circumstances. They got a bit of fortune with a blatant push on Sterling by Kyle Walker missed by the officials. The points though were deservedly shared thanks to Heung-Min Son’s equaliser.
20th April 2019: Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Three days after their epic quarter-final, second leg tie in the UEFA Champions League, this match played in scorching temperatures was never going to quite have the same excitement. An early goal from Phil Foden – his first in the Premier League after just four minutes was the only one of the match. Manchester City looked nervous all afternoon but they held on for a valuable victory in one of their harder fixtures of the 2018-2019 title run-in.