Spurs 2-0 City
Report from the Lane
02 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Two first half goals saw us register a deserved 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Premier League leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon (October 2).
Danny Rose’s early cross was inadvertently steered into his own net by City’s Aleksandar Kolarov before Dele Alli finished off an incisive move to double the lead on 37 minutes.
Erik Lamela could have added a third after the break but saw his penalty saved by Claudio Bravo, while the latter’s opposite number Hugo Lloris pulled off some vital saves to thwart Sergio Aguero and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho.
It was City’s first defeat of the season in all competitions and one that saw Mauricio Pochettino get the better of rival boss Pep Guardiola after their previous time in charge of Espanyol and Barcelona in Spain.
We therefore remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League this season and go into the international break on a real high.
Mauricio made three changes to the team that won in Russia against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. Kyle Walker and Rose – the latter back from injury – reprised their roles at right and left full-back in place of Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies while the attackers were shuffled around with midfielder Moussa Sissoko coming back in and Vincent Janssen dropping to the bench. Eric Dier also marked his return following a slight knock with an appearance off the bench in the second period. City were captained by Pablo Zabaleta, a team-mate of Mauricio’s at Espanyol during his playing days.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Manchester City – Aleksandar Kolarov (OG) – 9mins
There was a big game feel inside White Hart Lane and after Heung-Min Son blasted over the bar from the right side and David Silva just failed to turn home Jesus Navas’ dangerous low ball across the face of Lloris’ goal, we took a ninth-minute lead. We did well to win possession on half-way, Erik Lamela laid the ball out wide to Rose and his searching cross hit City defender Kolarov at the far post and bounced into the net. Seconds after the restart, Son burst forward and forced a save from Bravo at his right-hand post as we kept the pressure on.
Free-kicks: Eriksen and Aguero trade chances – 31mins
Both sides went close with set-pieces midway through the first period, first with Christian Eriksen whipping a low effort from right on the edge of the box just wide of the far post on 21 minutes after Nicolas Otamendi chopped down Alli and then with Lloris diving low to his left to turn away Aguero’s dangerous strike at the other end 10 minutes later. Aguero had himself been upended by Victor Wanyama who, along with Sissoko, was showing exceptional strength in midfield for us.
Goal: Spurs 2-0 Manchester City – Dele Alli – 37mins
After some really good, concentrated footwork from Eriksen to hold onto possession amid a mass of City defenders down our right we doubled our advantage as the ball was worked to Son, he quickly spotted the run of Alli and shifted it on to him between Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones. The England international did the rest, producing a cool low finish beyond Bravo from inside the box. We had to be vigilant at the back to retain the two-goal cushion going into half-time, though, as first Lloris saved bravely at the feet of Aguero before Jan Vertonghen vitally headed clear to stamp out the second wave of City’s attack.
Above: Kyle Walker celebrates.
Woodwork: Aguero close for City – 50mins
Guardiola’s men struggled to get going after the break with Son and Wanyama firing just off target for us but they did go close five minutes after the restart when Aguero wriggled free in the box on the left and pulled the trigger. Lloris blocked the shot with his legs and it rebounded onto the post and away.
Penalty miss: Lamela denied by Bravo – 65mins
Bravo had been getting grief from our predatory forwards all afternoon as they chased him down while in possession but he stepped up for City when it mattered, diving to his left to save Lamela’s left-footed penalty after Alli had been felled by Fernandinho in the box following an initial foul on the marauding Walker right on the edge of the area, from which advantage had been played.
Saves: Lloris intervenes twice – 80mins
City were starting to control the tempo as we entered the latter stages and we had Lloris to thank for keeping them out twice in five minutes. First he blocked with his legs to deny substitute Iheanacho from inside the box with a quarter of an hour left before stretching to turn Aguero’s drive – which had deflected off Walker – over the bar following a dangerous counter-attack five minutes later. We remained solid in the final moments with Toby Alderweireld making some key clearances to close out an impressive home win.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"I’m very pleased. The performance was perfect. I think it’s an unbelievable victory that we enjoyed a lot. The effort from the team was unbelievable and it was an incredible atmosphere at White Hart Lane again – the fans were fantastic. It was a very exciting game. The whole team was fantastic. This is the way we want to play. It’s a good example to follow in this way and to be consistent in the future."
Dele Alli said
“It was a great performance. From the moment the game kicked-off we were on top of them, working hard and thankfully we were rewarded with the three points. It’s a big statement from us. We knew what we were capable of before kick-off and it was just about showing everyone that we’re here, we’re fighting. It’s important that we don’t get carried away with ourselves and focus on the next game, as we have been doing – just look at each game and try and get three points.”
Spurs (4-3-3): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Eriksen, Wanyama, Alli (Nkoudou 85); Sissoko (Dier 71), Son (Janssen 90), Lamela. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Winks.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Bravo, Zabaleta (c), Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Fernando (Gundogan 53), Navas (Iheanacho 65), Silva, Sterling (Sane 87); Aguero. Substitutes (not used): Caballero, Sagna, Clichy, A Garcia.
Goals: Spurs – Kolarov (OG) 9, Alli 37.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Wanyama 30, Rose 42; Manchester City – Otamendi 20, Sterling 56.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
We return to action after the international break away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, October 15. The trip to the Hawthorns will mark a reunion with our former attacking midfielder Nacer Chadli, who has scored three league goals since his move to the Baggies over the summer. One of those came at the Stadium of Light yesterday (Saturday, October 1) as his side surrendered a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1 with Sunderland.