Tottenham beat Manchester Metropolis 2-Zero Saturday to go prime of the English Premier League with a trademark, defense-first efficiency from Jose Mourinho in opposition to his previous rival Pep Guardiola.
Mourinho marked a yr since he changed Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham supervisor with a win constructed on compact defending and neatly timed counter-attacks, as Guardiola tasted defeat in his first recreation since signing a two-year contract extension at Metropolis.
“We all know how good Pep’s groups are and the way good the gamers are,” Mourinho instructed Sky Sports activities. “We discovered a method to play and it was magnificent to see them play how they did.”
Tottenham took the lead within the fifth minute when each of Metropolis’s center-backs adopted Harry Kane. That opened up loads of area for Son Heung-min to select up a lobbed go from Tanguy Ndombele and rating. Kane put the ball within the internet quickly after however was offside.
Metropolis had an awesome share of possession however achieved little with it apart from a disallowed aim for Aymeric Laporte after Gabriel Jesus managed the ball along with his arm within the buildup.
Giovani Lo Celso stretched Tottenham’s lead lower than 30 seconds after coming off the bench when Kane performed him in to attain on a 65th-minute counter-attack. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris reacted rapidly to maintain out Ruben Dias’ header late on.
Third-place Leicester can transfer above Tottenham if it beats fourth-place Liverpool on Sunday.
Man Metropolis is eight factors off Tottenham.
“We’re distant from the place we wish to be, now we have to begin to win. We wish to be there till the top,” Guardiola instructed Sky Sports activities. “It is a bizarre season, for a lot of causes, and now we have to begin to carry the gamers.”
Mourinho mentioned Tottenham might be with out defender Toby Alderweireld for some time after he was substituted within the 81st minute with what the Portuguese coach known as an “essential damage.”
Each golf equipment paid tribute to former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence earlier than kickoff with a minute’s applause. Tottenham’s gamers wore black armbands for his or her former goalkeeper, who gained trophies with each Tottenham and Liverpool. Clemence’s dying was introduced final weekend at age 72.