Tottenham moved back to the top of the Premier League with a thoroughly convincing 2-0 win over struggling Manchester City on Saturday, scoring two breakaway goals, one in every half. Heung-min Son and substitute Giovani Lo Celso scored the goals for Spurs, who jumped Chelsea to move back into first place. Lo Celso’s goal used to be his first ever in the Premier League,
City, meantime, are off to their worst start under Pep Guardiola and look far from a league contender through over a fifth of the league season, while Tottenham may have just cemented their status as a legit contender with this one.
Here are three takeaways from the match:
Tottenham’s awareness used to be implausible
This used to be the easiest result for Jose Mourinho, who worked his magic of specializing in the defensive side of the ball and then trying to go on the counter. It worked all game long and for both goals. City had 22 shots in the match, while Tottenham had just four, but despite that from the moment Spurs went ahead in the fifth minute they were at all times favored to win the match..
Tottenham’s defense used to be up to the challenge If it used to be closing down in defense in numbers or reading the speedy runs of City, Tottenham perfected the Mourinho bend but don’t break defensive ethos. They blocked 10 of City’s 22 shots, nine of them inside their own penalty area.
In attack, it used to be more of the same with Harry Kane leading the way. The superstar striker used to be key in a match where he didn’t even register a shot.
On the opener, which came five minutes in, he checked towards the ball and pulled both center backs with him, allowing Son to receive past a sleeping Joao Cancelo for the opener. Have a look:
Then, the second one saw Kane settle the ball brilliantly in the middle, turn and show the awareness to play the far ball to a running Lo Celso for the most productive possibility on that counter. Here it is:
Mourinho pressed the correct buttons, and his players delivered in the key moments to product a momentum-boosting result for the league leaders.
Manchester City’s league form is alarming
City haven’t looked slightly comfortable so far this season, dropping points and failing to generate the normal world-blazing attack of past seasons. City are winning 37 percent of their matches so far this season in the Premier League after winning a percentage of almost 79 over their final three seasons.
Much of that has to do with an attack that is not clicking in the league. Maybe the absence of Sergio Aguero plays a role, but it in point of fact has come down to a lack of precision when it affairs most, as the chances have been there. Over the past three seasons, City averaged 2.5 goals per game but are currently at 1.25 per game. They have got yet to crack the 2.00 expected goal mark this season after doing it 14 separate times final season. The result is a squad without its explsiveness, currently stuck in the behind half of the table.
Lo Celso is fitting a key player for club and country
The former Rosario Central man used to be one of these hot prospect when he used to be playing in Argentina, but his progression used to be delayed all through his time at PSG, where he simply wasn’t a key contributor. So after moving to Real Betis for one season in 2018-19 and showing that potential, he earned that move to Tottenham and is slowly growing into his role as a playmaker, just like with the Argentina national team.
It’s been a great almost two weeks for Lo Celso. He is got two goals in his final three games for Spurs and also got assists for Argentina in their final World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru.
All the time full of potential, he’s currently assembly those expectations under Mourinho while adding a layer of depth in attack for a team already loaded.