Tottenham starts their premier league season with an excellent result as Nuno’s side produce yet another upset against Pep’s City. Nuno’s men produced a superb counter-attacking display as Son’s solo effort was enough to keep Manchester City at bay.
City’s title defence took its first dent with a defeat at Wembley. City were deemed to be the favourites to win this match as they lined up the most expensive line-up in the history of football. Though some star names were missing from the starting XI, there should be no excuses whatsoever for such a shambolic display. City dominated the home side for the opening 15 minutes but failed to do any damage.
Jack Grealish was named in the Manchester City starting XI for the first time and made his presence felt from the start as he was tripped just outside the box by Skipp while making those darting runs into the final third. Sterling and Grealish were City’s best outlets as both Englishmen were causing havoc on that left-hand side. However, Tanganga made a great comeback from registering four fouls in the opening thirty minutes to pocketing both City stars in the second half. Spurs settled themselves quickly after some nervy opening minutes. Spurs did what they always do while playing City, to stay break away on counters whenever City loses possession.
Despite being the match–winner Son slowed down two great chances in the first half as both teams failed to register any shots on target. On the other end, Mahrez missed a glorious opportunity when he fired a half volley just wide of the post. City again missed a great opportunity when Mendy curled a wonderful cross into the box and Lloris failed to punch the ball, only for Fernandinho to head it wide. Spurs too were gifted a similar situation when Ederson came forward to punch away Son’s free-kick but failed as Sanchez’s header dropped straight in the path of Lucas Moura, who took his shot on the half volley only for Gundogan to block it.
Lucas and Bergwijn were in sync the whole night but were lacking a striker’s finish. Bergwijn again made a driving run through City’s midfield and picked out the right pass to Son, who provided a sublime finish to open the scoring. City’s high line was easily exploited by the wingers as Bergwijn was provided with a great chance to end this game as he fired it at the near post but sends it into the side netting.
City was awarded a free-kick about 25 yards from the goal, Gundogan took the free-kick short to Cancelo, and he drilled a dangerous cross into the box but Torres failed to capitalize as it bounced off the bottom of his foot before looping out of the play. De Bruyne and Zinchenko were brought on with only fifteen minutes to play but the former could only manage to make a save from Lloris as City ran out of time.
City’s performance showed their need for a natural striker as Guardiola will be unhappy with such a lacklustre and toothless display from his side. Still, a lot of games are to be played in the league and City will find the answers to end their three–match goal drought. This Spurs side shows a glimpse of what Spurs are capable of without their talisman striker. After being left out of the squad, Harry Kane will be questioning whether to leave or stay after this result. In the coming week, things will get clearer as it is anticipated that City will break its bank to end this Harry Kane Saga.