Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: Rampant Spurs hand Pep Guardiola first taste of defeat

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Tottenham Hotspur inflicted the first Premier League defeat of Pep Guardiola’s career with a dominant 2-0 victory over the title favourites.

 

Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: Rampant Spurs hand Pep Guardiola first taste of defeat

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The win sees Spurs become the only undefeated team in the Premier League as Pochettino’s men rise up to second in the table and just one point behind City.

Spurs set out at an electric pace and quickly forced a mistake as Danny Rose’s cross was turned into his own net by Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov after just nine minutes.

England midfielder Dele Alli double the lead 25 minutes later when he latched onto a pass from Son Heung-min who placed his shot past Claudio Bravo in the City goal.

Pep Guardiola’s first defeat could have been made worse by Erik Lamela who saw his penalty saved by Bravo late in the second half.

Dele Alli, trying to recreate his incredible form from last season, reminded the world of his truly exciting natural ability.

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Linking up with Son Heung-min, Alli latched onto a pass from the South Korean international to cut through the City defence and sweep his shot confidently under Bravo to double Tottenham’s lead inside 33 minutes.

Not content with sitting in, the young Englishman darted past Fernandinho who made a desperate challenge to bring Alli down and concede a penalty – unfortunately for Alli and Spurs, Erik Lamela was unable to convert the spot kick.

Danny Rose started the game as a bundle of energy down the left-hand side for Spurs and didn’t show any signs of tiring right up until the final whistle.

Rose’s brilliant cross after just nine minutes forced his opposite number Aleksandar Kolarov turn the ball into his own net to give Spurs the lead.

Both Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas tried their luck against the Spurs defender who dealt with the threat with consummate ease.

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Rose, who has missed six games through injury this season, made a brilliant return to action for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

He might have impressed with his recent performances for Manchester City but Aleksandar Kolarov had a day to forget in north London this afternoon.

Spurs didn’t give the Serbian international chance to breathe at White Hart Lane and, after just nine minutes into the game, the left-back inadvertently turned the ball into his own net after making a mess of clearance.

A devilish cross from Danny Rose saw Kolarov decide to swing his right boot at the ball but ends up fluffing his line, letting the ball bounce off his thigh past Claudio Bravo and into the net.

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And, in the words of Sky Sports lord Gary Neville….

‘When put under pressure he’s a complete waste of space as defender. He’s great going forward but he’s terrible at defending,’ Neville said.

Fernando, who has seen first team action hard to come by since the arrival of Ilkay Gundogan, was given his chance to impress Pep Guardiola at White Hart Lane.

In truth, it didn’t go well for the Brazilian midfielder.

With Gundogan watching on from the substitutes bench, Fernando looked as though the pace of the game was too much for him and was repeatedly caught in possession of the ball.

Spurs’ intense pressing game had Fernando flustered and, after just 52 minutes, Guardiola had seen enough and called for Gundogan to replace him.

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