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Man City's dire defence will cost them the Premier League title if Pep Guardiola doesn't fix it! Winners & losers as Tottenham take advantage of bereft backline and Erling Haaland misses to earn dramatic draw

When Manchester City won their first six matches of the Premier League season, many felt the destination of the title was already a foregone conclusion. Pep Guardiola's side had come out of the traps faster than what we normally see, and looked destined for a fourth-straight league trophy.

However, those who took a glance at their upcoming fixtures knew there was a tough run on the horizon, and so it has proven. City have won just three of their last eight league matches, and are winless in three after twice surrendering the lead against Tottenham to draw 3-3 on Sunday.

As such, they have given up their spot at the top of the Premier League table, and serious questions are being asked of the champions, especially in defence, where they have conceded 10 goals in their last four games in all competitions.

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Spurs certainly took advantage of that, though it's fair to also point the finger of blame at City's forwards, and particularly Erling Haaland after a profligate display in front of goal played a key role in Ange Postecoglou's side being able to fight their way back into the encounter.

City's tough run of games unofficially comes to an end on Wednesday when they travel to Aston Villa and try to bring a stop to Unai Emery's long home winning run, but with key men Rodri and Jack Grealish suspended, and injury concerns surrounding Jeremy Doku after he limped off early in the second half here, that will be far from an easy task. Should they fail, then there will be plenty more asking whether this City side has what it takes to make history come May.

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