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Sport Tottenham show title credentials against toothless Man City

22:20  21 november  2020
22:20  21 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Spurs and Mourinho may be able to take advantage of the this season's strange circumstances to mount a title challenge. For Forbes, I mostly write about two teams from my home city , Tottenham and Arsenal. Elsewhere I have had reports, interviews and articles published in English and

They were against APOEL Nicosia and Swansea City . By this stage last year, Vincent Janssen had three. Pochettino has many strengths as a manger but making assertive But is there any other way? Even Manchester City , who are running away with the title , are not the same side without David Silva.

Tottenham displayed their Premier League title credentials as goals from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso exposed Manchester City's defensive frailties in a 2-0 win that took Jose Mourinho's men top of the table on Saturday.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Happy Spurs: Tottenham players celebrate Giovani Lo Celso's (second left) second goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester City © Kirsty Wigglesworth Happy Spurs: Tottenham players celebrate Giovani Lo Celso's (second left) second goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester City

Spurs have not won an English top-flight title in 60 years, but showed defensive resilience to frustrate City's domination of possession and their clinical counter-attacking was reminiscent of Mourinho's title-winning sides in two spells at Chelsea.

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will be forced to make one change for the visit of Manchester City tonight (5.30pm). Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will hope his side can prove their Premier League title credentials this evening against Manchester City .

Tottenham vs Manchester City , Saturday 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League. Was a corner turned against Everton? It wasn't pretty but once again Solskjaer showed he knows how to A fourth on the spin could be on the cards too against an improving Fulham, who didn't lose too much of my

a person talking on a cell phone: Pep Guardiola's Manchester City slumped to defeat days after he extended his contract to 2023 © NEIL HALL Pep Guardiola's Manchester City slumped to defeat days after he extended his contract to 2023

Victory moved Tottenham moved two points ahead of Chelsea, who they face next weekend at Stamford Bridge.

Defeat leaves City already eight points off the leaders, albeit with a game in hand, down in 10th with just three wins from their opening eight games.

Pep Guardiola ended speculation over his future by committing to a new contract as City boss until 2023 this week.

The Catalan has won eight league titles at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, but Guardiola now faces a challenge he has never had before in rebuilding a second title-winning side at the same club.

For the sixth consecutive league game City failed to score more than once with little sign of Guardiola's men rediscovering the cutting edge of the free-scoring sides that won back-to-back titles in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

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Against Arsenal and Huddersfield he occupied the same kind of attacking positions as Gareth Bale would and has already shown he will be taking a key role in setting up goals United beat Leicester on the opening day of the Premier League season but came up short against Brighton in their last game.

Image: Action from Tottenham vs Ajax in the Champions League. It became a different test for Ajax after that, but their response underlined their credentials even more strongly. Tottenham finished the first half with a period of heavy pressure and they picked up where they left off immediately after

Tottenham's title challenge will be fully tested with Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester also to come before Christmas, but they could not have made a better start to that daunting run as City's defensive problems on the counter-attack were exposed again.

Spurs could not believe their luck after just five minutes when one simple ball over the top from Tanguy Ndombele caught Joao Cancelo sleeping and Son had the pace and precise finish under Ederson to register his sixth goal in 11 games against City.

The game then settled into the familiar pattern of now 24 clashes between Mourinho and Guardiola as Mourinho's men defended their lead deep and waited for the chance to counter again.

City could even have found themselves 2-0 down inside 14 minutes as Harry Kane tapped home Son's cross but had strayed offside.

The visitors had 66 percent of possession but struggled to break down the mass ranks of Spurs defence.

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REUTERSDele Alli celebrates after scoring Tottenham 's second goalBut they were three rather major points that were being made at White Hart Lane.Point one: Tottenham Hotspur, pilloried on social media for Tottenham 2 - Man City 0: Alli finds the net as Spurs demonstrate their title credentials .

Manchester City have only lost more Premier League games against Chelsea than the 24 they have versus Tottenham . In both of Manchester City 's two fixtures at City have lost five of their past seven Premier League away matches against other established top-six sides, including each of the last three.

Gabriel Jesus inadvertently deflected Kevin De Bruyne's low shot wide before Jesus did tee up Aymeric Laporte to slot home, but the goal was ruled out for handball by the Brazilian after a VAR review.

Two more De Bruyne efforts were desperately blocked inside the Spurs box early in the second period before the hosts landed the knockout blow with another simple counter-attack.

Kane was afforded plenty of time and space to collect a loose ball in midfield and drive forward before feeding Lo Celso, who had barely been on the field a minute and with his first two touches, controlled and then slotted the ball low beyond the advancing Ederson.

Mourinho characteristically stoked his rivalry with Guardiola pre-match by claiming Raheem Sterling would start despite withdrawing from England duty due to injury.

Sterling was only fit enough for a place on the bench and by the time he and Phil Foden were summoned, the game was gone for City as they continued to play in front of Spurs without any penetration.

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