Ken Early: Pep Guardiola showing his tetchy side as Man City face stiff competition

Never before has the Catalan faced a real league title test from as many as three sides

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts during the Premier League draw with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts during the Premier League draw with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

Once again, Thomas Tuchel showed us why he is the hottest coach in the league. An unexpectedly attacking Spurs had given Chelsea a bit of a chasing in the first half.

At half-time, Tuchel was decisive: Mason Mount out, N’Golo Kante in. 3-4-3 became 3-5-2, but Tuchel explained afterwards that his switch had been less about tactics than psychology: he was signalling to his players that they needed to match Spurs for energy and aggression.

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