Date: 21st August 2019 at 11:21am
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Danny Mills has said it was “incredible” to see Tottenham allow Manchester City to have so much possession in their 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

The former City and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says he could barely believe what he was seeing from the north London outfit, suggesting their tactics were to get everyone but Harry Kane behind the ball.

Spurs were forced to come back from behind twice against the reigning champions, wing duo Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura netting after Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero has scored for the home side.

Mills says that despite City being known as an imposing force in front of their own fans, he was stunned to see Tottenham allow them to dominate possession in the manner they did.

Mills told Football Insider: “I think it was without a doubt nine outfield players plus the goalkeeper (behind the ball) at times. Manchester City are very, very strong at home, the dominate possession, pass the ball around.

“I think at one stage the stats were 75 per cent possession (for City) which is incredible for a team that is trying to challenge for third, possibly even higher, in the Premier League. They got absolutely battered, chance after chance, couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“You have to say Tottenham came good.” 

Spurs were forced to grind out a result against Pep Guardiola’s men, the stats stating that City had 30 shots, 10 on target, in comparison to Tottenham’s two goalbound efforts in three attempts.

The draw means both sides stay unbeaten this season, City three places ahead courtesy of their goal difference.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider he was staggered that Pochettino had snubbed a “hero” of the club.