What a unexpected result of Tottenham and Manchester City
- Title : What a unexpected result of Tottenham and Manchester City
Thanks to a tactical masterpiece and brutal effectiveness, the Tottenham Hotspur won the top game against Manchester City 2-0. This was largely due to Sons' early hit that allowed the Spurs to withdraw. As a result, the defensive of the capital club brought the Citizens to despair.
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It was that time again: José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola stood up to the top game in North London. The Portuguese relied on Kane, Son, ex-Bayern professional Höjbjerg and Bergwijn, who was found not fit by the Dutch national team during the international break and had been sent back to Spurs. At Guardiolas Citizens, Gündogan initially sat on the bench.
Kane and Laporte are not allowed to cheer
A tailor-made start for the home side, who from now on mainly holed up in their own half with the intention of closing all rooms and occasionally countering them. But City almost answered quickly: De Bruyne only hit Gabriel Jesus seven meters from his own goal instead of an equalizer (9th). The Spurs almost increased shortly afterwards, but Kane was one step offside after a dream move (13th).
City operated again and again with crosses from the half-field, which did not spark any danger for a long time - until the 27th minute: Then a ball landed from the right in the penalty area at Gabriel Jesus, who put down for Laporte. The central defender shot a humorlessly from nine meters, but referee Michael Dean was immediately surrounded by a Traube Spurs player. Because Gabriel Jesus had touched the ball with his arm, according to the TV pictures, Dean took back the goal. Then City was no longer dangerous, and Tottenham contented themselves with the role of the lurking. So the capital club took the lead into the break.
It was as if Mourinho had merely given his family the words "keep it up" on their way, because his protégés did not move a step further back. And they still made it extremely difficult for City to get into the penalty area. That is why De Bruyne tried twice (in vain) from a distance (51st, 60th).
Lo Celso enters the square and hits immediately
City ricocheted off the defensive wall again and again, Dier and Alderweireld collected bonus points in the blocked shots category. Then Mourinho brought Joker Lo Celso - and he was spot on. A few seconds in the game, the Argentine made 2-0 (65th) with his first ball action in the first attack of the Spurs in the second round. Before that, Kane had a place in the headquarters for his dribbling and the necessary overview for the assist.