Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester Metropolis performed completely into Tottenham’s fingers as Spurs shot to the highest of the desk with a 2-Zero win due to objectives on the counter-attack from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso. Spurs haven’t gained an English top-flight title in 60 years, however confirmed their title credentials with a defensive resilience to frustrate Metropolis’s domination of possession and ruthlessly take their possibilities as they scored with their solely two pictures heading in the right direction. Defeat leaves Manchester Metropolis already eight factors off the leaders, albeit with a sport in hand, down in 11th with simply three wins from their opening eight video games.
The writing was on the wall for the guests after simply 5 minutes when one easy ball excessive from Tanguy Ndombele caught Joao Cancelo sleeping and Son had the tempo and exact end below Ederson to register his sixth aim in 11 video games towards Metropolis.
“The stats converse for themselves, we have been higher in lots of departments however we conceded a aim we can’t concede,” stated Guardiola.
“It was the right situation for them. We knew (Harry) Kane drops and Son runs in behind. We’ve to defend higher.”
Victory ensured Tottenham will end the day on prime of the desk for the primary time in six years. Jose Mourinho’s males transfer two factors forward of Chelsea, who they face subsequent weekend at Stamford Bridge.
“I desire to be prime however it isn’t an obsession,” stated Mourinho. I do not care in regards to the desk, the opponent, the competitors. I need to go to the following sport believing we will win the sport.
“This staff is a course of. There are good indicators of evolution at each degree, we’re pleased with that, however I dont care an excessive amount of in regards to the desk proper now.”
Guardiola ended hypothesis over his future by committing to a brand new contract as Metropolis boss till 2023 this week.
The Catalan has gained eight league titles at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Metropolis, however Guardiola now faces a problem he has by no means had earlier than in rebuilding a second title-winning facet on the similar membership.
For the sixth consecutive league sport Metropolis failed to attain greater than as soon as with little signal of Guardiola’s males rediscovering the reducing fringe of the free-scoring sides that gained back-to-back titles in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
“We’re struggling to attain objectives this season, that may occur,” added Guardiola. “They shot two occasions (heading in the right direction), two objectives and we can’t rating with 22 pictures.”
Tottenham’s title problem shall be absolutely examined with Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester additionally to return earlier than Christmas, however they might not have made a greater begin to that daunting run.
“You may see it’s open with the way in which the desk stands,” stated Kane after Spurs’ fourth straight league win. “Whoever can put spell collectively has an opportunity of successful it.”
After the early opener, the sport then settled into the acquainted sample of now 24 clashes between Mourinho and Guardiola as Mourinho’s males defended their lead deep and waited for the prospect to counter once more.
The guests had 66 per cent of possession however struggled to interrupt down the mass ranks of Spurs defence.
Gabriel Jesus inadvertently deflected Kevin De Bruyne’s low shot extensive earlier than Jesus did tee up Aymeric Laporte to fit dwelling, however the aim was dominated out for handball by the Brazilian after a VAR assessment.
As a substitute, it was Tottenham who landed the knockout blow 25 minutes from time with one other easy counter-attack.
Kane was afforded loads of time and area to gather a free ball in midfield and drive ahead earlier than feeding Lo Celso, who had barely been on the sphere a minute and together with his first two touches, managed after which slotted the ball low past the advancing Ederson.
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