City were favourites to pick up all three points from their Premier League encounter against Spurs at White Hart Lane.
Although Manuel Pellegrini’s side took the lead through Kevin De Bruyne in the 25th minute, Tottenham staged a strong comeback and won the game 4-1.
Former Arsenal star Merson believes that City got complacent against the North London outfit, which is why they dropped all three points in North London.
“I saw City at Tottenham the other day and they were terrible,” the former England international wrote in The Daily Star. “They lost their shape completely and Spurs were rampant at times.
“It’s strange. City get complacent when they play smaller teams sometimes, but they shouldn’t get complacent against Spurs. I think it’s a lack of leadership.”
City did not have first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart between the posts, while star defender Vincent Kompany was not even on the substitutes’ bench and star playmaker David Silva was injured.
Perhaps the Citizens did not become complacent against Tottenham; maybe Spurs played better than them.
Playing at White Hart Lane gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side an added impetus, and they made most of it.