This Tottenham has little or nothing to do with the sad and soulless team that he took Jose Mourinho a year ago. The Portuguese reached some ‘spurs’ in decline after the Champions League final, but little by little, match by match and transfer to transfer, he has managed to put Londoners back at the top of England after the victory this Saturday against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The Mou against Pep clearly opted for the former Madrid player’s side, who managed to get his players out onto the pitch with much clearer ideas. Thus Son advanced practically as soon as the meeting started. Tanguy Ndombélé, impressive this season, found the Korean into space and the Asian did not miss against Ederson. The forward defined to perfection and surprised the ‘cityezens’ by placing the 1-0.
But the both did not do so much damage to those of Guardiola as expected, and the visitors tried to intimidate the ‘spurs’ with several arrivals of danger. Luckily for those from London, this Tottenham no longer wrinkles before anyone and Mourinho’s team managed to withstand City’s onslaught and maintain the result favorable. With a grown Ndombélé and a Hojbjerg that right now is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, the locals came up.
Laporte almost made Tottenham’s efforts to maintain the result come to nothing, but the referee annulled his target by Gabriel Jesus. In the second part, the ‘spurs’ thought more about defending themselves and drowning those of Manchester, than attacking. Despite that, they came clearly on occasion and in one of them took the opportunity to leave the game seen for sentence.
Giovani Lo Celso took advantage of a brilliant maneuver of Harry Kane, who was not fine against the rival goal, but who has a thousand and one resources to be decisive without marking. The Argentine defined to perfection in practically the first ball he touched after entering from the bench and put the second in the light. A vital target for his people to calm down even more and see the leadership much closer.
City, eight points from the lead
With this victory, Tottenham get 20 points and will be leader of the Premier at the end of this day if Leicester do not win. On the contrary, City continues its fall to hell and could end the day in sixteenth position if some results are given. The ‘cityzens’ have only 12 points, they are 8 from the lead and five from the Champions League, which Liverpool marks with 17 points, but with one game less.