CAN THEY DO IT?
Seems to me like only one team has been getting the headlines in recent weeks and if you’re a Tottenham fan you’ll be very pleased with what is being projected. Spurs were at their headline grabbing best once again and this time Manchester City were the visitors. The Premier League resumed action after the international break and boy oh boy have we missed it. I think my love affair with international matches ended a while ago (World Cups & Euros only for me thank you!!).
Spurs had the opportunity to jump to the top of the league this past Saturday and Mourinho knew he had to organise and bring the very best out of his players against his long standing nemesis’s team (Pep Guardiola, for enquiring minds). If you were expecting Spurs to come out all guns blazing, well lets just say it was quite the opposite. Man City dominated possession as expected but it was Tottenham who opened the scoring in the first 5 minutes of the game after Ndombele played a beautiful pass to Son who neatly dispatched his effort against the outrushing City Keeper. Much has been made about the City Keeper’s positioning, however, you have to give credit to Son for the cool and calm finish.
City thought they had leveled through Laporte, only for the French international’s goal to be disallowed as Jesus was adjudged to have handled the ball. It is easy to say that this ruling may have changed the outcome of the game, however, I beg to differ. Tottenham looked sharp and played a very tight game which made it very difficult for City to break down. For all the possession and passing that Man City conjured up it really didn’t amount to much (they get a prize for high stats though hahahaha!).
As the game progressed into the second half, it was becoming obvious (if it wasn’t already) that what was being displayed by Spurs was nothing short of a Mourinho masterclass. And so it proved, as the Spurs manager made a call to bring on substitute Lo Celso for the tiring Ndombele. The Argentine international scored within 35 seconds of being on the pitch having been played through on goal by Kane, who adds another assist to his tally this season in the 65th minute making City’s task even greater. To put things into perspective, Spurs only had 3 shots on goal and scored twice. Now if that isn’t championship winning material then I don’t know what is.
The 2-0 victory which mirrors the same outcome of the two teams last season, saw Tottenham rise to the summit for the first time in the league since August 2014 (well done boys) and gifted Mourinho back to back victories against Guardiola (who would have thought). We all know, as history has shown us that Mourinho often tends to be successful in his second season wherever he has been which bodes well for Spurs (but we also know that he gets sacked in the third but lets not think about that hahaha!!!). For now though, Tottenham are a team on a mission and will need to be just as organised and well drilled in their next match away to TITLE rivals Chelsea as they continue the quest for glory. As for Manchester City, life must be really strange languishing in the region of mid-table (never-mind, they are in good company, just ask Arsenal and Man Utd).
All I do is WIN!!!!