Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: Spurs go top as Mourinho beats Guardiola again

Tottenham moved top of the Premier League after strikes from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso earned them a statement 2-0 victory over Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho celebrated a year in charge of Spurs with a second straight win over old rival Guardiola, who was hoping to mark his new contract with a positive result but has now lost all three of his games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Son converted a Tanguy Ndombele pass after five minutes on Saturday and Mourinho's men, who spent much of the intervening time on the back foot, sealed the triumph when Lo Celso beat Ederson with 25 minutes remaining.

Spurs made an excellent start when a lofted ball from Ndombele found Son, who beat the offside trap and took one touch with his right foot before sending a cool finish with his left through the legs of an onrushing Ederson.

Harry Kane had the ball in the net after a superb move involving Son, only to be denied by an offside flag.

Aside from those incidents, City controlled proceedings with Ferran Torres, Rodri and Ruben Dias all forcing routine saves from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The visitors thought they had levelled the contest after 27 minutes when Laporte fired in, only for referee Mike Dean to overturn the goal after viewing the monitor, having found Gabriel Jesus handled Rodri's cross before passing to the defender.

City continued to probe without creating a notable opportunity before a swift Spurs counter-attack saw Kane thread a pass through to Lo Celso, the substitute hitting a fine left-footed finish beyond Ederson just 35 seconds after replacing Ndombele.

Guardiola threw on England duo Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling with 18 minutes left but Lloris saved from Dias late on as Spurs held on for a memorable victory by the same scoreline as they won this fixture in February.

Kane puts Spurs into title race

Kane's assist means he has now been involved in 24 goals in just 15 games across all competitions this term.

His all-round play has been superb all season and his fine pass for Lo Celso was one of 22 he completed in the opposing half, a team high.

It is still early in the season, but four consecutive league wins for the first time since February 2019 mean Spurs are firmly in the title race.

The positioning of Rodri, Joao Cancelo and Laporte can be called into question for Son's opener, while Ederson charged out of goal on both occasions, though perhaps of greater concern is City's attacking play.

Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne did not find the target from 10 combined attempts, while Torres had just one key pass as he was unable to match his fine display for Spain. The return of Sergio Aguero, an unused substitute in this one after a month out injured, cannot come quickly enough.





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