Tottenham underlined their growing confidence with a richly-deserved 2-0 win over Manchester City at White Hart Lane as they closed the...
Tottenham underlined their growing confidence with a richly-deserved 2-0 win over Manchester City at White Hart Lane as they closed the gap on the leaders to just a point.
City arrived unbeaten and with a perfect six out of six record in the Premier League this season, but Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal and Dele Alli’s crisp finish gave Spurs an impressive win.
The scoreline would have been more emphatic had Erik Lamela not missed a penalty in the second half but Mauricio Pochettino’s side now move within a point of their opponents in the table and look primed for another title challenge.
Much of the talk so far this term has been about Guardiola’s brilliant start as City boss, but Celtic proved in midweek his star-studded team can be rattled when pressed high up the pitch, and Tottenham picked up where Brendan Rodgers’ side left off.
For the first time in his Tottenham tenure, Pochettino is having to manage a significant injury list that currently includes Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier – arguably the team’s three best players last season – and it is ominous for their rivals that his side will improve when they return.
For City, this may prove a timely reality check after their blistering start to the campaign but opponents will draw belief from how Tottenham’s relentless pressing paid off.