Jose Mourinho masterclass casts a shadow over Pep Guardiola’s two-year deal, as Spurs defeat City 2-0 at home.
As the game begun, City held possession as expected. Passing the ball from either side of the field with the Tottenham players following their every move.
It seemed as if the home side were going to be in for a long evening.
Possession was won for almost the first time in the game, and Spurs won a free kick on the halfway line.
Danish midfielder Hojbjerg was quick to lay a pass to Ndombele, and with a beautifully caressed dink, he found in form Son.
One-on-one with Ederson, the current Premier League top scorer, slid the ball with his left foot underneath the blues number one, putting his side 1-0 up within five minutes.
Another attack in which the Lilywhites have been so deadly in this season. Yet again Sonny was on the scoresheet for Tottenham against the Citizens.
He loves it.
Not to mention the run by Kane towards the ball which pulled Laporte out of position for Tanguy Ndombele to find the goal scorer.
Moments later, after complete possession from Guardiola’s side, Tottenham were in again.
Harry Kane strayed a yard offside after a fabulous breakdown by Steven Bergwijn and Heung-Min Son. An easy tap-in, but referee Mike Dean was quick to stop celebrations.
From then, City stepped it up, applying more and more pressure as the minutes ticked on.
In the 28th minute of the first half, Rodri whipped the ball into Gabriel Jesus, who brought it down and sets up Laporte of all people – who was in the right place at the right time.
Laporte’s fine sweeping finish past skipper and fellow countryman Lloris, puts City level.
Or so they thought.
Jesus’ touch before the pass to Laporte ruled out as handball after a VAR check, and the North London club still lead.
Despite the Manchester side holding most of the ball for the first half they couldn’t break the Spurs defence.
As the teams went in for half time, Kevin de Bruyne seemed especially frustrated with decisions that had been made by the referee.
The second half was very much a similar affair.
Spurs were resilient at the back, despite mistakes that last season probably would have ended in goals.
In the 65th minute, midfield maestro Ndombele was the first player in the game to be substituted for Giovani Lo Celso.
It took the Argentinian just 35 seconds to double the lead for his team and his impact was nothing more than Mourinho could have wished for.
Another assist from Kane, laying a pass to Lo Celso, and once again Ederson rushed out and was beaten with a left footed strike.
Man City continued to pressure throughout the rest of the match, however they just could not get a goal.
Stand out performances from Hugo Lloris, and centre backs Alderweireld and Dier, ensured that Tottenham kept a vital clean sheet.
Although Manchester City were unable to beat Spurs, fans can be positive on the return of Aguero and Sterling. With the latter getting a couple of minutes in the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The positives for Jose Mourinho’s side seem endless. Kane and Son are on fire. The defence seems to be gelling well and actually defending.
The addition of Hojbjerg has been massive for the way that Mourinho wants Tottenham to progress and it is an absolute delight to watch.
One concern for Tottenham, would be that Alderweireld was substituted in the 80th minute clutching his groin, but hopefully it will not be too serious.
Spurs now sit top of the table, and could stay there depending on the result between Liverpool and Leicester.
Long may the good form continue. A fantastic result for us Spurs fans.