The story of this game will focus on VAR's intervention, thus denying a Gabriel Jesus winner and three points for Man City. But this was also about Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino knowing that with or without the disallowed goal, leaving the Etihad with a point was a huge achievement.
The UEFA Super Cup isn't a very significant trophy, but the exercise in Istanbul yielded takeaways that could make the entertaining 120-minute showdown between Liverpool and Chelsea worthwhile for both sides.
If Chelsea's season-opening loss to Man United was any indication, then things could get worse before they get better when facing Liverpool in Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup–though N'Golo Kante's pending return to the lineup should help.
Given Chelsea's good work for the majority of the game - and the fact that Man United wasn't perfect - the scoreline was probably harsh for Frank Lampard's side. But the home team's counter attacking play did show defensive naivety, something that needs to be rectified sooner rather than later.
Liverpool handled Norwich City, 4-1, with relative ease in its English Premier League season-opener, but Alisson's injury is a major concern for the club going forward. The Reds' outlook rests on his test results.
The presumed tier of the "Big Six" is all but gone, replaced with a Big One Plus One of Manchester City and chasers Liverpool and a litany of challengers behind them that likely won't meet the heights of last year's top two clubs in the Premier League race.