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Gareth Bale delivers the ball, Joe Hart makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Naughton on Gael Clichy. Francisco Javi Garcia restarts play with the free kick.
Francisco Javi Garcia replaces Sergio Aguero.
A goal is scored by Edin Dzeko from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from David Silva.
Aleksandar Kolarov is caught offside. Kyle Naughton comes on in place of Aaron Lennon. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
Sisenando Maicon delivers the ball.
Sisenando Maicon crosses the ball, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
Centre by Jan Vertonghen.
Shot by Sergio Aguero from 12 yards. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Effort from deep inside the area by David Silva misses to the left of the target.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by William Gallas. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aleksandar Kolarov, Sisenando Maicon takes a shot.
Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emmanuel Adebayor.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, Header by Edin Dzeko from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Michael Dawson on for Kyle Walker.
The ball is swung over by Aleksandar Kolarov. The referee cautions Emmanuel Adebayor for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Emmanuel Adebayor results in a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner worked by David Silva.
Shot from 12 yards from Gareth Bale. Joe Hart makes a save.
Shot by Carlos Tevez from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target. Edin Dzeko is brought on as a substitute for Carlos Tevez.
Unfair challenge on Raniere Sandro by Yaya Toure results in a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
Sergio Aguero is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick.
Gareth Bale takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Sergio Aguero finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-1 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Yaya Toure.
Raniere Sandro challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Yaya Toure goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Emmanuel Adebayor. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line to the near post, Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.
Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Sisenando Maicon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matija Nastasic.
The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line to the near post, Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Vincent Kompany misses to the left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Sergio Aguero is ruled offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
Inswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Caulker.
Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Raniere Sandro. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Aaron Lennon fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
Unfair challenge on Raniere Sandro by Yaya Toure results in a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor by Gareth Barry. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Effort from inside the area by Sergio Aguero misses to the right of the target.
Kyle Walker fouled by Aleksandar Kolarov, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Carlos Tevez, save by Brad Friedel.
A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Aleksandar Kolarov. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Huddlestone, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Matija Nastasic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Aleksandar Kolarov misses to the right of the target.
The official flags Carlos Tevez offside. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Emmanuel Adebayor, free kick awarded. Booking for Pablo Zabaleta for unsporting behaviour. Tom Huddlestone crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Matija Nastasic. Jan Vertonghen produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Gareth Bale misses to the right of the goal.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Emmanuel Adebayor, free kick awarded. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.
David Silva fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Kyle Walker a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Yaya Toure.
Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. The ball is sent over by Tom Huddlestone, Steven Caulker finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Man City 0-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Tom Huddlestone.
Jan Vertonghen produces a cross, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Jan Vertonghen challenges Sergio Aguero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Pablo Zabaleta challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Huddlestone from left wing, clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov. Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Yaya Toure fouled by Tom Huddlestone, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov, save made by Brad Friedel. Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance by Raniere Sandro.
David Silva takes a shot from 25 yards. Comfortable save by Brad Friedel.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Aleksandar Kolarov. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
Platt expects players to bounce back
Assistant boss David Platt expects Manchester City to bounce back quickly from their latest European frustrations.
City's Champions League challenge looks doomed to failure after a controversial and frustrating 2-2 draw with Ajax in midweek.
Roberto Mancini's men must now win their remaining two group games and hope other results go in their favour to avoid a premature exit for a second successive season.
They will switch their attention back to their Barclays Premier League title defence as Tottenham visit the Etihad Stadium this weekend and Platt has no concerns about the players' state of mind.
Platt said: "Players are resilient animals and people don't give them credit for that.
"They think that players get affected and things like that.
"Disappointment or any pleasure lasts a very short time because immediately there's another game coming your way and the boys have got to put their boots back on again.
"This is the first day we've had back when we're all together and my experience would tell me that that will happen after the next game too."
City's form has not reached the heights of last season but they remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and are well placed in a leading pack with Manchester United and Chelsea.
Their defensive frailties were exposed again by Ajax on Tuesday but they have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games.
To build on that record they will need to quell the threat of Tottenham's in-form frontman Jermain Defoe, who scored a hat-trick in a Europa League win over Maribor on Thursday.
The 30-year-old is a player former England Under-21 coach Platt is well aware of.
Platt said: "He is potent. Defoe will always score goals.
"He could go six or seven games without scoring but you know if he does there is a glut coming because his stats tell you he scores goals.
"He has done all his career, ever since he was a young kid.
"I have had him in an under-21 team and training. He will get efforts on goal and he can finish.
"He is 5ft 3in - he'll have pop at me for that - but a cross comes in and he gets a header in the six-yard box.
"When a ball comes into the box he knows how to finish, he knows what to do.
"He has very early pictures in his mind about how he is going to score, no matter what angle it is.
"His first goal on Thursday was just an exceptional finish. He had the picture long before he got the ball."
City's much-missed playmaker David Silva is back in training after a month out with a hamstring injury and has a chance of featuring. Defender Joleon Lescott is also back in contention after a back problem.
Last season Spurs and City played out one of the most entertaining games of the season, which saw the hosts clinch all three points when Mario Balotelli scored an injury-time penalty just moments after Jermain Defoe came within inches of putting the away side 3-2 up.
Had Tottenham won they would have been two points off the Barclays Premier League summit with 16 games left.
The way the Tottenham fans booed Andre Villas-Boas and his team during their 1-0 defeat to Wigan last week suggests some feel the Portuguese is perhaps not up to the challenge of leading the club to such heights this season.
But full-back Kyle Walker has no doubts about the 35-year-old's ability to take Tottenham back in to Europe's elite once more after last season's disappointing relegation to the Europa League.
"With the players we have and the players we brought in, I am more than confident (we can finish in the top four)," the England right-back said.
"We just need to keep listening to the gaffer and his tactics.
"If we do that then I most definitely think that we will get the results we need.
"It was disappointing how it went last year but that's just the way it goes."
Villas-Boas hopes to have Sandro available after he made encouraging progress in his return from a calf injury.
The Spurs boss must also decide whether to retain former City striker Emmanuel Adebayor after he combined well with Defoe in his first start of the season on Thursday.
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