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In the space of one month, Ange Postecoglou's reign at Tottenham has gone from 'dreamland' to 'disaster' as the Australian battles with a number of issues in his side.
Recent suspensions to the likes of Cristian Romero and Yves Bissouma have certainly not helped their cause and has seen them fall to three consecutive defeats in the league.
It's a far cry from their 10-match unbeaten streak at the start of the season, where the north London side seemed unstoppable. Now, as they prepare to face Man City on Sunday, Spurs look fragile and unstable.
Here, Mail Sport takes a look at the upcoming clash and the history between the two sides that will give Postecoglou hope, despite his side's struggling form.
Ange Postecoglou's Tottenham have suffered three defeats on the bounce heading into their clash with Manchester City on Sunday afternoon
The Spurs boss is dealing with a growing list of injuries to his first-team players
Manchester City, meanwhile, will be looking to maintain their terrific form of late
For those unaware, Tottenham made a blistering start to the 2023-24 campaign before seeing it all derailed in one chaotic evening in north London this month.
After two draws and eight wins from their opening 10 matches - and three consecutive Manager of the Month awards under his belt - Postecoglou and his side were flying.
Summer signings such as Maddison and Van de Ven had transitioned seamlessly into the side and were quickly being labelled as two of the best acquisitions this year.
However, it all came crashing down when they hosted Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this month - where they suffered a 4-1 thrashing.
Spurs ended the match with nine-men as Romero and Destiny Udogie were both dismissed for reckless challenges and Postecoglou's side suffered their first wobble.
Cristian Romero (R) was dismissed during Tottenham's 4-1 defeat to Chelsea this month
Despite Chelsea have a two-man advantage in the game, that didn't stop the Spurs boss from demanding a high-line from his defenders - which, in turn, gifted Blues striker Nicolas Jackson an easy hat-trick.
It was a tactic that saw Postecoglou receive his first criticisms since arriving at Tottenham - but the Aussie has insisted he will not shirk away from his free-flowing, attacking style of football.
However, as many - including Mail Sport's own Ian Ladyman - have suggested, Tottenham simply cannot play like that on Sunday afternoon.
Full-back Destiny Udogie was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the match
Rodrigo Bentancur hobbled off during their 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday
They take on the reigning Treble winners Man City, who have an attack so good it can frighten any team in Europe - let alone a make-shift Spurs side.
On Mail Sport's It's All Kicking Off podcast, Ladyman has insisted that Postecoglou should adapt to the current squad he has around him.