Tottenham 2-0 Man Metropolis: Son Heung-min and Giovani lo Celso ship Spurs high

Tottenham 2-0 Man Metropolis: Son Heung-min and Giovani lo Celso ship Spurs high

Son Heung-min celebrates scoring Tottenham's opener against Manchester City
Son Heung-min has 9 targets and two assists in 9 Premier League video games this season

Tottenham Hotspur went high of the Premier League after producing a show of scientific effectivity and tactical self-discipline to beat Manchester Metropolis.

Within the standard battle of wits between Jose Mourinho and his outdated adversary Pep Guardiola, the Spurs supervisor got here out on high as his workforce’s season gathered additional momentum.

Son Heung-min put Spurs in entrance after 5 minutes, ending coolly from Tanguy Ndombele’s go earlier than Manchester Metropolis had a first-half objective dominated out by VAR for a handball by Gabriel Jesus after Aymeric Laporte’s end.

Metropolis continued to take pleasure in higher possession however Spurs, as you’d count on from a Mourinho facet, have been fiercely drilled and resilient, taking their probability when it got here to double their benefit and end the sport.

It got here within the sixty fifth minute after a dream substitution from Mourinho, Giovani lo Celso beating Ederson with a low end from one other Kane go 35 seconds after approaching for Steven Bergwijn – the one cloud for Spurs coming with a late harm to Toby Alderweireld after an excellent efficiency.

Mourinho revels in assertion win

Mourinho was a bundle of power in his technical space as Spurs took all Manchester Metropolis may throw at them to come back out with the win that places them on the Premier League summit and likewise made a robust assertion about their ambitions and aspirations.

Mourinho’s voice echoed round this huge, empty enviornment as he urged on his gamers, shouting directions with common calls for of “press the ball”. Guardiola, in distinction, was understandably subdued and downcast.

It’s nonetheless early days for a membership that has struggled to win silverware over so many latest years, however there’s a rising sense of power and optimism round Spurs, fuelled by a serial winner as a supervisor who appears revitalised after the acrimonious finish to his spell at Manchester United.

Spurs have the golden menace of the likes of Son – who has now scored 11 targets in all competitions this season – and Kane, with Gareth Bale on the bench right here, however they now have some lots of the standard Mourinho traits which have all the time made his groups so troublesome to beat.

It has been a 12 months since he succeeded the vastly standard Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs are beginning to resemble Mourinho’s picture and likeness, epitomised by the unfussy however extremely efficient midfield sentry Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a signing from Southampton that was a managerial precedence in the summertime.

Spurs are presently a potent mixture of solidity and menace, as proved by the way in which they dug deep to maintain Manchester Metropolis out earlier than putting to lethal impact. Spurs had two photographs on the right track and scored twice.

In Kane, Spurs additionally possess the whole ahead on the very high of his recreation, a category act as a supplier for the ninth time in as many league video games this season – but additionally the grasp marksman when his possibilities come alongside, as they’ll with regularity this season.

Spurs and their followers is not going to get carried away however there could be no denying Mourinho’s tried and trusted strategies are having their impact, with the long-time foe Guardiola the sufferer on this event.

Toothless Man Metropolis fall brief once more

Manchester Metropolis clearly had a grievance towards the choice to rule out Laporte’s objective for handball towards Jesus that left them nursing a way of injustice. Nevertheless, it might nonetheless disappoint Guardiola that his workforce had a lot of the ball however truly did so little with it when it got here to noticeably testing Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

It has turn out to be one thing of sample with Manchester Metropolis and this was one other event, though Guardiola didn’t really feel capable of threat the likes of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero aside from on the substitutes’ bench, lowering their stage of menace.

Metropolis have been simply unpicked by Ndombele’s go for Son’s early strike and there was nearly a way of inevitability that their toothlessness would finish with Spurs sweeping up the opposite finish so as to add a second by way of Lo Celso.

It’s hardly panic stations for Metropolis as they stand eight factors off the highest with a recreation in hand. That is shaping up as a season with many twists and turns to come back – however this was one other unsatisfactory consequence and efficiency.

Aguero’s now common health points rob Guardiola and Metropolis of their most deadly finisher in and across the field, the 32-year-old Argentine nonetheless probably the most dependable goalscorer on the membership however now seemingly troubled an excessive amount of by harm.

Guardiola will now transfer into the following section of his reign at Metropolis after signing a two-year contract extension and getting ready for the day they need to do with out certainly one of their all-time nice gamers will quickly be a problem.

That is nonetheless a Manchester Metropolis facet filled with world-class gamers however this was one other of these days which were occurring for the reason that begin of final season once they merely lack a ruthless edge and find yourself being punished.

It’s a downside Guardiola must resolve – and shortly.

‘We’re not combating for the title’ – what the managers mentioned

Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho advised BBC Sport: “It feels good [to be top], however possibly tomorrow we’re second once more and truthfully that will not be an issue for me, I’m simply pleased with the evolution.

“Folks can not count on us to come back right here and after one season we’re combating for the title. We’re not combating for the title, we’re simply combating to win each match. However we’re going to lose matches, we’re going to draw matches.

“Dinner tonight shall be good and relaxed and I’ll watch Atletico Madrid v Barcelona and sleep like an angel. However no downside if Leicester wins [on Sunday] and we’re second once more.”

Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola mentioned: “It could possibly be higher, we performed just like how we have now all season. We didn’t defend good for the primary objective. They then defended so deep, they defended with six and it was not straightforward. We had our possibilities, however we could not rating they usually made two or three possibilities on the counter-attack and we misplaced the sport.

“We knew earlier than the sport that you just can not give them the primary objective. We had extra possibilities than them however we misplaced. Mourinho’s groups are like this, you make a mistake they usually punish you on the counter-attack.”

Spurs finish day high for first time in six years – the stats

  • It’s the first time since August 2014 that Tottenham will end a day high of the Premier League and the primary time they’ve achieved so after a minimum of 9 top-flight video games since January 1985.
  • In the meantime, 12 factors from eight video games is Manchester Metropolis’s lowest factors whole at this stage of a Premier League season since 2008-09, whereas their 10 targets scored is their lowest after eight video games since 2006-07.
  • Tottenham have gained back-to-back league video games towards Manchester Metropolis for the primary time since October 2016.
  • Metropolis have had 41 photographs of their previous two league video games towards Spurs however have misplaced each with out scoring.
  • Tottenham have scored extra targets within the first half of Premier League video games than another facet this season, with their 11 within the opening 45 minutes greater than Metropolis have scored within the competitors this season (10).
  • Son has scored 5 targets in 5 video games in all competitions towards Manchester Metropolis and his strike after 4 minutes 19 seconds was the earliest Metropolis have conceded within the league since December 2016, towards Arsenal.
  • Kane has offered 9 assists in his 9 Premier League video games this season, after offering simply eight assists in his earlier three campaigns, or 94 video games, mixed.

What’s subsequent?

Each side are in European motion in midweek, as Manchester Metropolis journey to Olympiakos within the Champions League on Wednesday (17:55 GMT) and Tottenham host Ludogorets within the Europa League on Thursday (20:00).

Metropolis then host Burnley within the Premier League on Saturday (15:00), earlier than Spurs are away to Chelsea on Sunday (16:30).

Participant of the match

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Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4AlderweireldSubstituted forRodonat 81′minutes
  • 15Dier
  • 3Reguilón
  • 17SissokoBooked at 42mins
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 65′minutes
  • 23BergwijnSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 73′minutes
  • 10KaneBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Bale
  • 12Hart
  • 14Rodon
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies
  • 45Alves Morais

Man Metropolis

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben DiasBooked at 87mins
  • 14Laporte
  • 27Cancelo
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 16Rodri
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forFodenat 72′minutes
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forSterlingat 72′minutes
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 21TorresBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 10Agüero
  • 13Steffen
  • 47Foden
  • 50García

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