Shot-shy Haaland registers unwelcome first since 2020 in Man City defeat at Tottenham

Erling Haaland made Manchester City fans everywhere stand up and take notice, but his latest outing against Tottenham saw something rarely witnessed before. The Norwegian ace failed to register a single shot on goal for the first time since September 2020.

WHAT HAPPENED? Haaland has been nothing short of sensational for the Premier League champions, netting 31 goals this season, including four hat-tricks. However, against Spurs, he was unable to make an impact, with his lack of shots a clear indication of how well the defense managed to contain him. It was the first time Haaland had misfired at this level since his days at Borussia Dortmund, when he encountered a stiff task against Duisburg.

The bigger picture: Erling Haaland’s struggles at Spurs should come as no surprise, as Manchester City have yet to find the net in five matches at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – despite having a total of 84 attempts.

What’s next? City’s 1-0 defeat against Harry Kane’s record-breaking strike sees them five points behind Arsenal in the Premier League title race, as they have played one more game than the Gunners. With their aim to take the trophy, they must now find a way to make better use of their chances and start scoring if they want to remain in the running.

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