Tottenham 0 Manchester City 0

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City drew 0-0 in the opening fixture of the Premier League season in a match which the London side should have won.

Roberto Mancini picked Joe Hart ahead of Shay Given in the City goal and the England keeper repaid his manager's faith in the first half with a string of brilliant saves which kept his team in the game.

Despite spending over £100m during the summer City struggled to get a foothold in the match with Spurs looking sharper and quicker throughout. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon looked dangerous on the flanks while Luka Modric excelled in midfield.

Spurs created a number of gilt-edged scoring chances in the first but Hart produced a man of the match performance to save City from what could have been an embarrassing opening-day drubbing.

The England international produced a brilliant reaction save to turn away a Jermain Defoe close-range volley before later turning away a Tom Huddlestone shot from the edge of the area.

City failed to link midfield and attack with the trio of Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong and Yaya Toure offering little going forward while debutant David Silva struggled to keep up with the pace of the game.

Despite their lack of creativity City should have taken the lead at the start of the second half when Shaun Wright-Phillips beat the offside trap and found himself in the clear but the England winger hesitated allowing the Spurs defence to recover.

Gareth Bale missed an open goal late on after City failed to cut out a cross from substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko. Spurs will be frustrated not to have taken all three points while Mancini will be happy to have avoided defeat after a terrible performance.

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