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Gareth Bale leads Tottenham comeback to keep Champions League dream alive

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Tottenham Hotspur struck three late goals as they came from behind to defeat Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

Their second half performance was precisely the sort of display we expected from a team managed by André Villas-Boas when he arrived in England with Chelsea nearly two years ago now.

Tottenham won this game thanks to pace, width and clinical finishing, something typical of AVB's reign, following a clever tactical switch from their young manager. Spurs ran out 3-1 winners over Manchester City in the end, which turned out to be a battle of the tacticians.

Manchester City dominated the first half and scored inside five minutes with a goal from Samir Nasri. 

Villas-Boas made a subtle change at half-time, Bale swapping with Dempsey and moving to the right hand side of midfield. Then on 60 minutes, AVB's tactical mind clicked into action and Villas-Boas changed things once more, moving from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 formation.

Tom Huddlestone replaced Scott Parker in midfield and sat solidly in the holding role, following Tevez across the pitch, and playing some magnificent forward passes into attack.

Holtby also followed, replacing Sigurdsson and Defoe followed him 10 minutes later replacing Adebayor, giving Spurs a more dynamic and speedier approach in attack. 

On 74 minutes the tide turned, Dempsey equalised for AVB's side and the swing of momentum turned towards Tottenham. Mancini failed to respond tactically for Manchester City and Spurs were fantastic for the last 20 minutes of the game. 

Gareth Bale, on his return to the side, put in a man of the match performance as he scored and gained an assist helping Spurs drive forward late on.

The loss for the Citizens meant Manchester United are almost guaranteed a title win, whilst a draw for Chelsea against Liverpool allowed Spurs to push towards the illustrious Champions League spots.

 

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