Tottenham’s Dejan Kulusevski scored a 90th-minute equaliser as champions Manchester City were held to a third-consecutive Premier League draw in a six-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium; Are City becoming easier to play against?
City boasted a far superior Expected Goals (xG) to their opponents – 2.64 to 0.49 – but they were pegged back to ensure Spurs avoided a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat for the first time in 19 years.
The home side were to rue their profligacy as the visitors refused to throw in the towel and Kulusevski’s towering late header earned Ange Postecoglou’s side a point.
“There’s something just not right at Man City,” Richards told Sky Sports. “They’re too easy to play on the counter attack, too many individual mistakes again.
“Seeing out the game at the end there, it’s all about concentration. You have to concentrate in the key moments and they didn’t do that.
“Credit to Spurs, they were fantastic. They found a way. There are just gaps in that Man City team in midfield and defence. Organisation, at this moment in time, is non-existent.
“There is definitely a drop-off. This City team rely so much on the forward players bailing you out. Normally when it gets to 1-1, the City attackers then go and score two or three.
“At the moment, that’s not happening. But they’re allowing teams back into games and they’ve got to defend better.
“Ruben Dias is supposed to be one of the best in the league while Nathan Ake has to do more for Kulusevski’s header. They’re individual mistakes. They are vulnerable defensively and teams are no longer afraid to go up against them.”
Pep Guardiola’s side had led 2-1 at the break thanks to a Phil Foden goal after Heung-min Son had scored at both ends, but Giovani Lo Celso’s superb strike made it 2-2.
With Spurs committing numerous errors, City had the chances to win convincingly but paid the price for their wastefulness. The numbers suggest there has been a drop-off in the past four league games.