Tottenham Hotspur have been under the radar of most football pundits as a contender for this season’s Premier League title. But today, against leaders Manchester City, Spurs proved that their challenge for the title will not be ignored.
An emphatic 2-0 win that was more or less sealed in the first half hour brought about by a team that worked tirelessly as a single unit to harass and pressure City throughout, not allowing City to settle into any rhythm.
Every player was a hero today:
- the defence earned another clean sheet with Hugo Lloris making vital saves, the centre backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen hardly putting a foot wrong and full backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose roaming the flanks diligently.
- the forward quartet of Son Heung-Min, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko keep a high press that forced the City defenders into errors that proved decisive. Like Kolarov’s deflection into his own net from Rose’s cross and allowing Dele Alli to progress unmolested into the penalty box before converting Son’s assist.
But for us, the Man of the Match was holding midfielder Victor Wanyama who acted as an effective shield in front of the back four which made it easier for the forward quartet to press high. Wanyama was a beast, breaking up City’s play and even bringing off a good save from Bravos with a long range effort.
However, it could (and should) have been more as Lamela’s penalty effort was saved by Bravos. A pity as Lamela demanded to take the penalty over protests from Son, and his embarrassing miss meant that Spurs were not able to secure the victory until the final whistle.
City just had no answer for Spurs today. Like the 3-0 win over Manchester United last season, this result is a statement of intent from Spurs.
Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Alli (N’koudou), Sissoko (Dier), Lamela, Eriksen, Son (Janssen).
… still there’s more …