Tottenham Hotspur went prime of the Premier League after producing a show of scientific effectivity and tactical self-discipline to beat Manchester Metropolis.
Within the standard battle of wits between Jose Mourinho and his outdated adversary Pep Guardiola, the Spurs supervisor got here out on prime as his group’s season gathered additional momentum.
Son Heung-min put Spurs in entrance after 5 minutes, ending coolly from Tanguy Ndombele’s go earlier than Manchester Metropolis had a first-half purpose dominated out by VAR for a handball by Gabriel Jesus after Aymeric Laporte’s end.
Metropolis continued to take pleasure in better possession however Spurs, as you’ll count on from a Mourinho facet, have 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 go 35 seconds after approaching for Steven Bergwijn – the one cloud for Spurs coming with a late harm to Toby Alderweireld after an excellent 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 return 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 latest years, however there’s a rising sense of power and optimism round Spurs, fuelled by a serial winner as a supervisor who seems to be 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 objectives in all competitions this season – and Kane, with Gareth Bale on the bench right here, however they now have some most of the standard Mourinho traits which have all the time made his groups so troublesome to beat.
It has been a 12 months since he succeeded the massively well-liked 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 at the moment 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 pictures on course and scored twice.
In Kane, Spurs additionally possess the entire ahead on the very prime of his sport, 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 probabilities come alongside, as they’ll with regularity this season.
Spurs and their followers won’t get carried away however there could be no denying Mourinho’s tried and trusted strategies are having their impact, with the long-time foe Guardiola the sufferer on this event.
Toothless Man Metropolis fall brief once more
Manchester Metropolis clearly had a grievance in opposition to the choice to rule out Laporte’s purpose for handball in opposition to Jesus that left them nursing a way of injustice. Nonetheless, it might nonetheless disappoint Guardiola that his group had a lot of the ball however really did so little with it when it got here to significantly testing Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
It has turn into one thing of sample with Manchester Metropolis and this was one other event, though Guardiola didn’t really feel in a position to threat the likes of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero aside from on the substitutes’ bench, lowering their stage of risk.
Metropolis have been simply unpicked by Ndombele’s go for Son’s early strike and there was virtually a way of inevitability that their toothlessness would finish with Spurs sweeping up the opposite finish so as to add a second by means of Lo Celso.
It’s hardly panic stations for Metropolis as they stand eight factors off the highest with a sport in hand. That is shaping up as a season with many twists and turns to return – however this was one other unsatisfactory end result and efficiency.
Aguero’s now common health points rob Guardiola and Metropolis of their most deadly finisher in and across the field, the 32-year-old Argentine nonetheless essentially the most dependable goalscorer on the membership however now seemingly troubled an excessive amount of by harm.
Guardiola will now transfer into the subsequent part of his reign at Metropolis after signing a two-year contract extension and making ready for the day they need to do with out certainly one of their all-time nice gamers will quickly be a difficulty.
That is nonetheless a Manchester Metropolis facet filled with world-class gamers however this was one other of these days which have been taking place for the reason that begin of final season once they merely lack a ruthless edge and find yourself being punished.
It’s a drawback Guardiola must resolve – and shortly.
‘We aren’t combating for the title’ – what the managers stated
Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho informed BBC Sport: “It feels good [to be top], however perhaps tomorrow we’re second once more and truthfully that will not be an issue for me, I’m simply proud of the evolution.
“Folks can’t count on us to return right here and after one season we’re combating for the title. We aren’t combating for the title, we’re simply combating to win each match. However we’re going to lose matches, we’re going to draw matches.
“Dinner tonight might be good and relaxed and I’ll watch Atletico Madrid v Barcelona and sleep like an angel. However no drawback if Leicester wins [on Sunday] and we’re second once more.”
Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola stated: “It might be higher, we performed much like how we’ve all season. We didn’t defend good for the primary purpose. They then defended so deep, they defended with six and it was not simple. We had our probabilities, however we could not rating they usually made two or three probabilities on the counter-attack and we misplaced the sport.
“We knew earlier than the sport that you just can’t give them the primary purpose. We had extra probabilities than them however we misplaced. Mourinho’s groups are like this, you make a mistake they usually punish you on the counter-attack.”
Spurs finish day prime for first time in six years – the stats
- It’s the first time since August 2014 that Tottenham will end a day prime of the Premier League and the primary time they’ve finished so after at the least 9 top-flight video games since January 1985.
- In the meantime, 12 factors from eight video games is Manchester Metropolis’s lowest factors complete at this stage of a Premier League season since 2008-09, whereas their 10 objectives scored is their lowest after eight video games since 2006-07.
- Tottenham have gained back-to-back league video games in opposition to Manchester Metropolis for the primary time since October 2016.
- Metropolis have had 41 pictures of their previous two league video games in opposition to Spurs however have misplaced each with out scoring.
- Tottenham have scored extra objectives within the first half of Premier League video games than some other facet this season, with their 11 within the opening 45 minutes greater than Metropolis have scored within the competitors this season (10).
- Son has scored 5 objectives in 5 video games in all competitions in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and his strike after 4 minutes 19 seconds was the earliest Metropolis have conceded within the league since December 2016, in opposition to Arsenal.
- Kane has supplied 9 assists in his 9 Premier League video games this season, after offering simply eight assists in his earlier three campaigns, or 94 video games, mixed.
Either side are in European motion in midweek, as Manchester Metropolis journey to Olympiakos within the Champions League on Wednesday (17:55 GMT) and Tottenham host Ludogorets within the Europa League on Thursday (20:00).
Metropolis then host Burnley within the Premier League on Saturday (15:00), earlier than Spurs are away to Chelsea on Sunday (16:30).
- 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 outdoors the field is excessive and large to the appropriate. 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 purpose. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) is proven the yellow card for a nasty 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 appropriate facet of the field is blocked. Assisted by João Cancelo.
Ferran Torres (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a nasty 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 nasty foul.
Foul by Rúben Dias (Manchester Metropolis).
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.