Uncompromising, José Mourinho’s Tottenham played against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City like a puppet. Rounding their backs, the Spurs were able to sting when it was necessary to poison their opponent and win 2-0. Tottenham becomes Premier League leader.
As Chelsea took control of the Premier League at the start of Matchday 9, Tottenham had the opportunity to regain the lead in the league. For that, we had to achieve a big performance and win against Manchester City. At home, the Spurs intended to hit hard and organized themselves in 4-2-3-1 with a double pivot Moussa Sissoko – Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombélé and Heung-min Son supported Harry Kane in attack. For Manchester City, which was in a disappointing tenth place, it was necessary to react quickly and to replace itself. In 4-3-3, the Sky Blues could count on a typical defense with Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Joao Cancelo in front of Ederson Moraes. In the middle, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva accompanied Rodri. Finally, Riyad Mahrez and Ferrant Torres supported Gabriel Jesus in attack.
And it was important not to arrive late since the match started very strong. Thrown on the left, Ferran Torres came back to the axis and struck 25 meters from the goals. His shot then ended in the gloves of Hugo Lloris (2nd). But Tottenham’s response was immediate. Found by an excellent ball from Tanguy Ndombélé in the back of the defense, Heung-Min Son controlled in front of the area and adjusted Ederson Moraes with a ball between the legs (1-0, 5th). Not affected by this goal, Manchester City responded strongly thanks to Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian was first penalized for a foul on Sergio Reguilon while he had the best on the Spaniard in the area of Tottenham (8th). He then armed a heavy strike to the left of Hugo Lloris’ goal, but his teammate Gabriel Jesus turned away despite himself (10th). But once again, Manchester City did not manage verticality. Found in the depth, Steven Bergwijn shifted Heung-Min Son to the right of the surface. Altruistic, he served Harry Kane at the far post who only had to push the sphere to the back of the net, but the latter was reported offside (14th).
Giovani Lo Celso received the gift of Harry Kane
A new alert for Manchester City who nevertheless continued to push to return to the score. Again against, Sergio Reguilon brought danger and found Steven Bergwijn. The latter was nevertheless well taken up by Rodri (25th). The meeting was lively and pleasant when Manchester City thought they would come back. Rodri reversed the game on the left of the box for Gabriel Jesus. The latter gave back to Aymeric Laporte who deposited the sphere at the bottom of the nets (29th). This goal was denied for a hand from Gabriel Jesus. Purring, Manchester City had two new possibilities via Gabriel Jesus (41st) and Kevin De Bruyne (44th), but it didn’t work. When they returned from the locker room, Manchester City resumed their march forward and established themselves in Tottenham camp. Despite two timid attempts by Kevin De Bruyne (51st) and Riyad Mahrez (52nd), it was insufficient.
It was even Tottenham who was sharper like a good deep ball from Harry Kane for Heung-Min Son who deserved better (63rd). Coming into play in place of Tanguy Ndombélé, Giovani Lo Celso magnified a sublime race in the axis of Harry Kane. On the left of the area, he controlled before adjusting Ederson Moraes with a ball between his legs (2-0, 65 ‘). A cruel scenario for Manchester City who was once again naive against clinical Spurs. A second goal that looked like a sledgehammer for Manchester City, unable to react. Despite some timid forays by the Sky Blues, it was especially Tottenham who finished strong. Kevin De Bruyne, on a free kick, put Hugo Lloris to work one last time (90th) … Without consequences. José Mourinho’s team won 2-0 against Pep Guardiola’s team. In the standings, Tottenham takes the lead with two points ahead of Chelsea and Leicester who complete the podium. For its part, Manchester City are only tenth in the championship with only three wins in eight matches.
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