The intensity, pace and pressing of Tottenham Spurs was too hard to handle for the unbeaten leaders of the Premier League Manchester City as the former thrashed them 2-0 on Sunday.
Tottenham Spurs had come to the field with one thing in mind – attack – and that’s what they did. In the first half itself they got a 2-0 lead over Manchester City and the latter couldn’t do anything to net even a single goal. The first goal was scored in the night minute itself but it was a tragic one when Aleksandar Kolarov put Danny Rose’s long cross into his own net. Dele Alli didn’t do any mistake when he got the chance and doubled the lead for Tottenham before halftime.
Things could have been worse for City if the attempt by Erik Lamela in the second half wasn’t saved by Claudio Bravo. It was an outstanding performance by Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who left to a thunderous ovation and must now be convinced they can at least repeat last season’s challenge for a first title since 1961.
Although without injured England striker Harry Kane, Spurs had a newly confident Son Heung-min in fine form as leader of the attack after scoring three times in his last two games. The South Korean international set up the second goal and led the way as City were relentlessly harried and often pressed into mistakes while trying to play out from the back.
Guardiola’s hopes of becoming the first manager to win his first seven Premier League matches looked shaky from the start under an early onslaught.
His team contributed to their own downfall, however, when in the ninth minute Kolarov completely misjudged Rose’s diagonal cross and found his own net.
Seven minutes before halftime the marking was non-existent as Son, collecting the ball as it bounced off defender Pablo Zabaleta, fed Alli for a composed finish.
Leading scorer Sergio Aguero came closest for City but was twice thwarted in the second half by good saves from Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris.
The damage could have been worse, for in the 65th minute City conceded a penalty when Alli was tripped by Fernandinho, but Claudio Bravo beat away Lamela’s penalty. “They were better than us today and we have to say congratulations to Tottenham,” said Guardiola.