Son’s tears reflect Spurs’ disappointment, Jürgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta rage and Marcelo Bielsa exercises caution

As Manchester City went through the gears in the first half, their play resembled the 2019 FA Cup final, a glorious 6-0 dissolution of Watford. But first-half goals never came and doubts descended. City were better than last week at Wembley when Chelsea ended hopes of a quadruple but their problems were similar. They lack a true finisher, with Sergio Agüero departing and Gabriel Jesus, who scored twice two years ago against Watford, no longer trusted by Pep Guardiola. Raheem Sterling’s poor form has also been unhelpful. A team hoping to reach the club’s first ever Champions League final when they meet PSG this week and next lack the killer instinct in attack that recent winners like Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah, and Bayern Munich, with Robert Lewandowski, could lean on. Patience and quality eventually told but Guardiola would surely rather not rely on set-piece headers from defenders to win matches that should have been out of sight. John Brewin

Match report: Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham

Match report: Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle

Match report: Leeds 0-0 Manchester United

Match report: Arsenal 0-1 Everton

Match report: West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Match report: Sheffield United 1-0 Brighton

Match report: Wolves 0-4 Burnley

Match report: Aston Villa 2-2 West Brom

Continue reading...