Tottenham 2 Manchester City 0
The goals of Son and Lo Celso feed the doubts of Manchester City, which adds more goals against than in favor in the Premier
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It is not usual to see a team like Manchester City in the nobody's zone of the classification, with more goals against (11) than in favor (10) after eight games of Premier League. A situation that undermines the confidence of the club's rectors in Pep Guardiola, renewed this week until 2023 but which fuels even more doubts about his project. The stagnation of the past year is prolonged and the wound does not stop bleeding. To top it all, the one who sticks his finger in it is the arch-enemy of the Spanish coach, a Jos Mourinho who leads an excellent Tottenham who is already to be a candidate for the league title in May. [2-0: Narracin y estadsticas]
For the first time in his historic and bitter rivalry, made up of 24 clashes, the Portuguese has managed to win two consecutive games, the two he has led with Tottenham, although the balance remains against him: 11 wins for Guardiola, six draws and seven defeats . The clash this Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London was a tactical lesson from 'Mou', who managed to drag the City where he wanted and punish him for the counterattack. The only two shots on goal by the 'spurs' were goals (by Son and Lo Celso), while the 22 total shots of their opponent were useless.
Tottenham played a brilliant game from start to finish, exhibiting virtually unbeatable strength and defensive coordination. Mourinho's players raised a wall in the central plot, forcing City to search for the wings and from there centers to the area in an impossible duel between the attackers 'citizens' and the Tottenham towers (Alderweireld, Dier, Sissoko, Hojbjerg …). The ball belonged to Guardiola's, but they were unable to make good use of it because his rival closed off all his natural paths, forcing him to escape routes doomed to failure.
Son's goal at five minutes, after an excellent pass from Ndombel (recovered by Mourinho for the cause in this early part of the season) forced City to row against the current throughout the game. Only in an isolated action about half an hour of play did I really intimidate Lloris. Laporte, in a strange position for him, even managed to score a goal, but the referee annulled it after seeing in the repetition a previous hand from Gabriel Jesus, who was the one who assisted the French central.
With the passing of Within minutes, frustration took hold of City, which was trying to combat the accumulation of rival defenses by advancing their lines to the extreme. A risk before a counterattack machine like this Tottenham that found the foreseeable punishment. Kane, superb led a counter that ended up finishing off Lo Celso, in the first ball he touched in the match. The game really ended there, since Tottenham was only going to set up a dangerous action and it was already in discount, in a header from Dias repelled by Lloris.
With this victory, Tottenham is positioned as provisional leader of the Premier, at the expense of what Leicester does this Sunday during their visit to Anfield Road . The City, for its part, is already eight points behind its rival this Saturday, although with one game less. A difference that nobody could foresee at the beginning of the season and that reflects the opposite trend of both teams. While that of Mourinho takes off after a few months of transition after the dismissal of Pochettino, that of Guardiola continues to be stuck in a monolithic proposal that has ceased to give results.
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