Tottenham are top of the Premier League for the first time in six years after a statement win over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho’s side enhanced their title credentials as goals from Heung-min Son and Giovani Lo Celso secured a 2-0 win over Pep Guardiola’s side.
Mourinho’s marked his one-year anniversary in the job with a trademark tactical masterclass as his side negated City’s attacking threat and were deadly on the counter-attack.
Tottenham lineup: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son, Kane
Man City lineup: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Torres
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Mourinho: Alderweireld injury is bad – but no one is to blame
Jose Mourinho has also confirmed that he expects Toby Alderweireld to be out for some time after he was forced off injured this evening.
However, the Portuguese refused to blame the Belgian’s workload for the injury, with the defender having played the full 90 minutes in both Nations League games during the international break.
“It’s bad,” Mourinho said of the injury. “It’s a muscular injury. We have three centre-backs in the Premier League but not in the Europa League where we don’t have Joe Rodon.
“There’s nobody to blame. He played in matches for Belgium they needed to win. It’s just one of those things.”
De Bruyne: I don’t know the rules anymore
Kevin De Bruyne has been on quite the rant over the handball law…
“I don’t know the rules anymore, honestly,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports. “I thought if it’s above the arm here it’s not handball anymore with the law changes but then it’s just like middle of the arm… honestly I don’t know the rules.
“If you listen tomorrow or the day after they will come on whatever channel and the referee will say it’s a good decision so it really doesn’t matter.
“I’ve been playing professional football for 12 years. In the first nine years there were no rule changes and in the last three years there’ve been a lot of rule changes. I don’t why, football is such a nice game. The people who make the rules should be people in the game. I don’t know who makes them.”
Mourinho: We’re not fighting for title
The Tottenham boss has been speaking to the BBC and downplaying his side’s title credentials…
“It feels good [to be top], but maybe tomorrow we are second again and honestly that would not be a problem for me, I am just happy with the evolution.
“People cannot expect us to come here and after one season we are fighting for the title. We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to win every match. But we are going to lose matches, we are going to draw matches.
Kane: Premier League is more open
Here is more from Kane, as his Spurs side climb to the top of the tree…
“It’s a season where you’ve got to do all it takes to win games. It’s going to be an up and down year. There’s no better feeling when you win. We’ll enjoy it, but we know we’ve got a long way to go.
“We’re doing well, there’s still parts we can improve on. We’ve got a lot of tough games to go. It’s a more open league. Like any season, whoever can put a good spell together will have a good chance of winning.”
Harry Kane has been speaking to Sky Sports…
“We knew it was going to be a tough game, Man City are a great team.
“But we had a game plan, to defend as a unit, sometimes as a high block, sometimes as a low block. Everyone worked their socks off.
“We knew in the second half that chances would be available and thankfully we took some in the end.”
Lo Celso sealed the points moments after his introduction…
Man City thought they’d levelled through Laporte…
Here is how Son opened the scoring inside five minutes…
Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
A very happy anniversary for Jose Mourinho. Tottenham are top of the Premier League for the first time in six years.