Tottenham Hotspur ended Manchester City’s winning run of form in the Premier League this season, whilst continuing our unbeaten run of form in the league and climbed back up above Liverpool into second position – one point off first place in the league standings.
Spurs started the game fantastically well and heaped the pressure onto City’s defence in the opening exchanges of the game. Son came close in the opening minute to opening the scoring, but scuffed his shot into the side netting.
The breakthrough for Spurs came just before the 10th minute mark when Danny Rose, who came back from the injury he picked up on international duty for England, crossed the ball into the box from the left hand side which evaded Heung-Min Son, but it hit Aleksander Kolarov and the ball found its way into the back of Claudio Bravo’s net. White Hart Lane was sent into raptures.
Spurs continued to pile on the pressure onto the City defence which looked incredibly shaky and vulnearable – particularly their goalkeeper who looked nervous with each touch of the ball he had. City looked dangerous on the break, but otherwise Spurs made in difficult for them to play their usual football.
After a period of pressure on the City goal, Spurs got their second goal of the game five minutes before half time. The man of the moment Heung-Min Son turned and sent a delightful pass into the path of Dele Alli who timed his run perfectly to ensure he was onside and he made no mistake with the finish by sweeping the ball into the left side of Bravo’s net. White Hart Lane erupted with jubilation for the second time.
The second half begun similar to the first half. Spurs picked up from where they left off and searched for a third goal instead of trying to defend what they had and soak up City’s pressure. The search for the third goal continued as Victor Wanyama bursted through the middle and got a shot through on goal which Bravo had to get fingertips to in order to stop his team from going three goals down.
The pressure slowly died down from Spurs as City grew more and more into the game. Our backline stood firm and showed why it is currently the best in the league having only conceded three goals – none from open play. Guardiola brought on Iheancho to try to bring City back into the game, but Spurs never looked in any serious trouble in the opening parts of the second half.
Spurs then were awarded a penalty – a chance to add a third to the scoreline and put City out of the game. Son initially wanted to take the penalty, but Erik Lamela took the ball off Son and placed it on the spot. He stepped up and watched on as Bravo saved his spot kick. It has to be said, a really poor effort from Lamela as the penalty lacked any sort of conviction and looked predictable as to where the Argentine wanted to go.
As the game grew closer to the 90th minute, City pilled on late pressure on Hugo Lloris’ goal. Aguero was sent through on goal via an excellent through ball and saw his shot awkwardly saved by the legs of Lloris and onto the crossbar which was eventually headed away by Danny Rose.
City looked more and more dangerous in the closing stages of the game, but Tottenham showed their quality by soaking up all the late pressure and seeing the game out to ensure a 2-0 win. This win means that Spurs will now go into the international break sat second in the league and the only team left unbeaten this Premier League campaign.
Between the sticks –
Hugo Lloris: 8/10.
A relatively quiet first half for the Spurs captain between the posts, but he was called into action multiple times in the second half and showed his class.
Kyle Walker: 8/10.
Another solid showing from our right-back.
Toby Alderweireld: 8.5/10.
Water is wet, grass is green and Toby Alderweireld doesn’t put a foot wrong. Another (unsurprisingly) stand-out performance from Toby.
Jan Vertonghen: 8/10.
Two great back-to-back performances from Jan. A solid game today.
Danny Rose: 8/10.
Great comeback game for our left-back and was influential in our first goal.
Victor Wanyama: 8.5/10.
A sublime performance from the Kenyan who, despite picking up a yellow card, put in a great shift today and perhaps unlucky not to score.
Dele Alli: 8/10.
That’s more like the Alli of last season! A good performance from the young Englishman and has a superb goal to show for it.
Moussa Sissoko: 7.5/10.
Got into a few good positions today and caused City’s backline plenty of problems. Good performance.
Christian Eriksen: 8/10.
A fantastic performance from the Dane today and dictated the midfield for large parts of the game.
Erik Lamela: 7/10.
Not the best of games. Gave the ball away a few times, and of course, missed a penalty to seal the game. Seen him do much better.
Heung-Min Son: 8.5/10.
Not a goal today for the South Korean, but another fantastic performance. Set up the second goal for Dele Alli.
Eric Dier: 7.5/10.
Helped see the game out when City started piling on the pressure. A good comeback appearance for Eric.
Georges Kevin-N’Koudou: 7.5/10.
Came on towards the end of the game and did his job.
Vincent Janssen: 7.5/10.
A good few minutes from the Dutchman after coming on in the dying moments of the game. Held of a few defenders and helped Spurs keep the ball in the final third of the pitch.
Man of The Match:
There could have been quite a few shouts for MOTM today as it was an all round great team performance, but I will opt for Wanyama. Put in a very good shift today in Dembele’s absence and helped in keeping City’s attackers relatively quiet.
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