Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester City: Report, Reaction & Ratings

Written by Tyler Rose

As a Spurs fan, what more can you ask for?

A hot afternoon at the Lane, the atmosphere was electric, the team were moving the ball about with a purpose and pressed with superb energy when Manchester City were in possession. The away side definitely missed playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, as they had no one to find them little pockets to pick up the ball to assist Agüero.

The home side were fantastic, the back five: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Rose were at their best. Rose, just coming back from injury looked like he was never away. Sterling wasn’t a threat as Rose had him in his pocket. The two Belgians, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen did incredibly well keeping world class striker Sergio Agüero quiet and when he had a chance at goal, keeper Hugo Lloris was there to ensure he had a clean sheet come the final whistle. Kyle Walker was up and down like a yo-yo. Walker’s pace enables him to attack, give the team another option when going forwards and if we lose the ball high up the pitch, he’s quick to get back in position.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino was very impressed with new signing and Man Of The Match Victor Wanyama, he broke down City’s attack and helped Alderweireld and Vertonghen when defending behind the ball. Wanyama won the ball for the first goal, which resulted to Lamela picking up the loose ball and found Rose on the left flank and the left back crossed the ball in and Kolarov put the ball in his own net on 9 minutes to give Spurs the start they were hoping for. Wanyama is definitely in contention to start and Pochettino now has to decide to pick two out of Wanyama, Dier and Dembele. I personally couldn’t choose, they will all do a great job in front of the back four and have great passion for the club.

The man in form, Heung-Min Son found Dele Alli to give the home side some breathing space. Alli doubled Spurs’ lead on 37 minutes, Bravo had no chance, City looked like a different team, they didn’t know what hit them. I felt we could’ve scored a lot more but our final pass wasn’t there at times and we held onto the ball for too long to allow Manchester City to get players back behind the ball meaning they were hard to break down.

City manager Pep Guardiola received his first defeat in the Premier League and said “Tottenham were the better team, I have to congratulate the opponents when that happens”. Tottenham Hotspur are the only side in the league to remain unbeaten but are one point behind Manchester City in the league. To see the line-up without Dembele and Dier, I would’ve definitely taken a draw but this shows has strong our team depth is, we’re experiencing something magical at the Lane under Mauricio Pochettino.

MOTM- Victor Wanyama

Match ratings:

Hugo Lloris- 9

Kyle Walker- 8

Toby Alderweireld- 9

Jan Vertonghen- 9

Danny Rose- 8

Victor Wanyama- 10*

Dele Alli- 9

Erik Lamela- 8

Christian Eriksen- 8

Moussa Sissoko- 8

Heung-Min Son- 8

COME ON YOU SPURS!

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