Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: A Huge Three Points

With the victory last night and Leicester losing at Anfield, Spurs now sit pretty at the top of the table for the first time since 2014.

Jose Mourinho was forced to start Serge Aurier, after Matt Doherty tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.

Saturday’s game also saw Steven Bergwijn return to the line-up, and Gareth Bale sit out, after playing over 100 minutes on international duty.

The first half burst into life after Heung-Min Son’s cool finish under Ederson on four minutes, thanks to a Tanguy Ndombele lofted pass.

City then began to control the ball, but not the game. They created a fair few half chances, mostly from set pieces. Just before half time, Aymeric Laporte thought he had equalised for the Blues, until VAR ruled the goal out for a Gabriel Jesus handball in the build up. Don’t think many City fans expected different.

City started the second half in similar fashion to the first, dominating possession, but not posing any real threat to the Spurs defence.

With 22 shots to Tottenham’s four, on the face of it, it looks as if City deserved the three points. Yet, in reality, Mourinho’s men were so much more efficient on the ball. Creating better chances than City managed all game.

A “lucky” substitution from Jose Mourinho in the 65th minute, introducing Giovani Lo Celso for Ndombele, resulted in Spurs’ second goal, just seconds later.

The Argentinian was on the pitch for just 35 seconds before finding himself on the end of yet another Harry Kane pass, slotting under the onrushing Ederson to make it 2-0.

Hugo Lloris’ night was spent mostly doing catching practice, having to deal with a barrage of Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez crosses, looking totally comfortable throughout.

The only grey cloud over 90 minutes of sunshine and rainbows is Toby Alderwiereld’s groin injury, as Mourinho fears that he will be out for a long time.

Spurs tough fixtures don’t stop there, as they face Chelsea next week, in arguably the biggest game of the season so far.

Written by Elena Nicole

Edited by Joey Pickthall

Published by lilywhitetv

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