New Delhi: It was to be a Premier League match of the day with Manchester City looking to inflict a damaging defeat on Tottenham Hotspurs who have risen steadily under precision-careful coach Mauricio Pochettino. But two minutes into the game exposed a different trend: Tottenham was still as lethal, and still as strong.
Korean striker, Heung Min Son, who is on a roll at the moment has repeatedly swayed to the rhythm of Mauricio’s demand and has assisted cleverly in making through balls possible for attacking players. Eight minutes before half-time, a cool pass from Son found its way clearly through to Alli which converted into the second goal of the match for Spurs.
The first was Kolarov’s unfortunate control of the ball when a cross from Danny Rose hit his right knee instead of his left foot, deflecting the ball inside Man City’s post.
Spurs were granted a golden opportunity to convert the tally 3-0 with a penalty, followed by an awkward interaction between Son and Lamela about who would take the pass. Lamela eventually caved in and crossed a low shot to Bravio who saved it without breaking a sweat.
Man City coach Pep Guardiola admitted after the match that Tottenham was the better team and there is little in the latest to doubt his claim.