Tottenham Hotspur went prime of the Premier League after producing a show of medical effectivity and tactical self-discipline to beat Manchester Metropolis.
Within the common battle of wits between Jose Mourinho and his outdated adversary Pep Guardiola, the Spurs supervisor got here out on prime as his staff’s season gathered additional momentum.
Son Heung-min put Spurs in entrance after 5 minutes, ending coolly from Tanguy Ndombele’s cross earlier than Manchester Metropolis had a first-half aim dominated out by VAR for a handball by Gabriel Jesus after Aymeric Laporte’s end.
Metropolis continued to take pleasure in larger possession however Spurs, as you’ll anticipate from a Mourinho facet, had 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 cross 35 seconds after approaching for Steven Bergwijn – the one cloud for Spurs coming with a late harm to Toby Alderweireld after an impressive 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 strong 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 current years, however there’s a rising sense of energy and optimism round Spurs, fuelled by a serial winner as a supervisor who appears to be like revitalised after the acrimonious finish to his spell at Manchester United.
Spurs have the golden risk 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 common Mourinho traits which have at all times made his groups so tough to beat.
It has been a 12 months since he succeeded the massively 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 risk, as proved by the way in which they dug deep to maintain Manchester Metropolis out earlier than placing to lethal impact. Spurs had two photographs on track and scored twice.
In Kane, Spurs additionally possess the whole ahead on the very prime of his recreation, a category act as a supplier for the ninth time in as many league video games this season – but in addition the grasp marksman when his possibilities come alongside, as they are going to with regularity this season.
Spurs and their followers is not going to get carried away however there might be no denying Mourinho’s tried and trusted strategies are having their impact, with the long-time foe Guardiola the sufferer on this event.
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- 4AlderweireldSubstituted forRodonat 81′minutes
- 17SissokoBooked at 42mins
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 65′minutes
- 23BergwijnSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 73′minutes
- 10KaneBooked at 90mins
- 18Lo Celso
- 27Lucas Moura
- 45Alves Morais
- 3Rúben DiasBooked at 87mins
- 17De Bruyne
- 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forFodenat 72′minutes
- 26MahrezSubstituted forSterlingat 72′minutes
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 21TorresBooked at 88mins
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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Manchester Metropolis 0.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Manchester Metropolis 0.
Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).
Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).
Try missed. João Cancelo (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from exterior the field is excessive and large to the fitting. Assisted by Raheem Sterling following a nook.
Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Eric Dier.
Try saved. Rúben Dias (Manchester Metropolis) header from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Rúben Dias (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).
Try blocked. Ferran Torres (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the fitting facet of the field is blocked. Assisted by João Cancelo.
Ferran Torres (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Ferran Torres (Manchester Metropolis).
Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Rúben Dias (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Rúben Dias (Manchester Metropolis).
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.