Christian Eriksen on what was different about Tottenham against Manchester City

Spurs romped to a famous win against the Citizens on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has claimed that being clinical in front of goal was the major difference between Saturday’s performance against Manchester City and those before it.

Spurs were at their efficient best against the former league leaders and came from behind to score four in an enthralling encounter at White Hart Lane.

Eriksen was delighted at his team’s recovery and suggested they were less wasteful than they have been in previous matches.

“It’s always good to recover from going behind – we’ve tried a few times before when the opposition has scored before us, but we know we have the strength and quality to come back and we showed a lot of character today,” he told the official Spurs site.

“We always create a lot of chances but it’s just about getting the ball over the line. Today we had a little bit of luck that we needed and that gave us the confidence to keep going for another goal and another.”

The Dane’s point is verified by the statistics from Tottenham’s last four Premier League games:

  Clinical Tottenham? GoalsTotal AttemptsOn-target AttemptsClear cut Chance Created
vs Man City 4 15 8 2
vs Crystal Palace 1 21 6 0
vs Sunderland 1 15 4 3
vs Everton 0 20 6 3

Spurs had fewer attempts on goal against Man City than they had against Palace and Everton but managed more shots on target, with 8 compared to the 6 in those two games

Of their eight shots on target, half went in - a conversion rate much higher than in the previous three games.

The Lilywhites created fewer clear cut chances against City than against Sunderland and Everton, but produced four times as many goals.

Mauricio Pochettino's men have seemingly solved the problem at the back - currently boasting the joint best defence in the league - and things may now have clicked into gear up front too.

Spurs will need to maintain their clinical streak against the divisions lesser sides in the coming weeks however, a feat that has proved frustratingly unforthcoming in recent seasons.

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