AFTER Manchester City were thumped 4-1 by Tottenham Hotspur to suffer their second consecutive Barclays Premier League defeat, Callum Matthews identifies three things we learnt as the Blues surrendered their lead at the top of the table …

Caballero simply isn’t good enough

This point probably will not surprise many people.

The 33-year-old was simply horrendous on Saturday, and in truth it was not the first time he has been awful since he joined City last summer from Malaga.

In the build-up to game Manuel Pellegrini insisted it was ‘better to rest (Joe)Hart’- who had been suffering with a slight back niggle all week- but he must be regretting that decision now.

Pellegrini has always insisted that City have two keepers capable of being first choice. If Caballero was City’s number one they would struggle to make the Champions League never mind challenge for titles.

He was at fault for the second Spurs goal on Saturday- coming for a free-kick he was never going to get anywhere near allowing Toby Alderweireld to head easily in to the abandoned net.

Then Erik Lamela’s nail in the coffin, Caballero’s attempt to keep it out was simply embarrassing.

Unfortunately, in his nine appearances for City now, he must have made at least half a dozen mistakes and that simply is not good enough for a side that want to dominate domestically and on the European stage.


Kevin De Bruyne looks the part

There was a lot of pressure on the Belgian’s back when he arrived at the Etihad. After a long protracted transfer all summer, a previous failed spell in the Premier League and the pressure of being the clubs record signing he had to start quickly.

He has certainly allayed fears that he was not cut out for England’s top flight in his first few appearances for Pellegrini’s side.

With three goals in four appearances so far he has certainly started to justify his astronomical price tag. Every time he gets an opportunity he looks like taking it and that is a promising sign for City going forward.

Although he made a mistake for Tottenham’s first goal and was largely anonymous during a dire second half – he was not the only one though- he looks like he is going to become a key player for the Blues for a number of years.


Sergio Aguero continues to look off the pace

The little Argentine was simply brilliant at times last season but unfortunately it has been an incredibly slow start to this campaign for the 27-year-old.

Strangely he started the season really well and looked incredibly sharp against West Brom, when appearing as a substitute, and against Chelsea. However since then he has looked leggy and off the pace.

It is a concern for City, who decided to part company with both Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic in the summer, and they desperately need last season’s Golden Boot winner to start discovering his best form again soon.

The fact Aguero has had international competitions in the last two close seasons- where he has reached the final both times- probably has not helped his lethargic start to the season.

The former Atletico Madrid man is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world and the City fans and Pellegrini will be hoping his best form is not too far away.

By: Callum Matthews
@matthews1818

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