Super Sonny sinks City and offers food for thought to Kane

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Manchester City

It was just like old times. A full house – An old school tussle – And a winning goal fit for the occasion.

Of course, there was no Harry Kane, but with Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero included in Nuno Espirito Santo’s matchday squad, there were no excuses for his absence either. Nevertheless, an opening day air of optimism enveloped the N17 crowd, particularly as City had found results difficult to come by since Spurs opened their new home in April 2019.

Record signing Jack Grealish provided a spark, while IIkay Gundogan, Fernandinho and João Cancelo all went close às City threatened – their intended target perhaps wondering where he’d fit into this costly jigsaw?

But the visitors’ early threat came to nothing – the storm, for the time being, weathered – Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son asked questions of their own as Tottenham attempted to ignite the capacity audience, whose welcome return outweighed the size of the contest before them. City responded, but Riyad Marhez was off target. It was scruffy, but competitive and captivating – just how the fans remembered it.

Son twice went close from distance – Lucas playing a supporting role on each occasion. And the North Londoners continued to press after the restart with devastating effect.

Steven Bergwijn dashed forward, supplied Son who in turn curled a sweet, left-footed strike beyond the statuesque Ederson – cue an explosion of noise not heard around these parts for eighteen months.

Heung-Min Son celebrates his dramatic winner for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Bergwijn – along with the majority amongst the 60,000 crowd – was left wondering how he hadn’t settle the contest minutes later. The Dutchman hitting the side netting after busting unchallenged into the box.

Hugo Lloris provided a barrier when Grealish darted in from the left, while Ederson needed every inch of his frame to deny Son a second. Pep Guardiola looked for a different way with Kevin De Bruyne and Oleksandr Zinchenko was thrown into the fray in place of the ineffective Mahez and Benjamin Mendy – De Bruyne immediately tested Lloris with a dipping attempt.

Ferran Torres drilled into Lloris’ midriff as City’s attempts became more desperate; ‘Are you watching Harry Kane?’ rang out from the slopes – Spurs had dug deep – too late for Pep’s men – Second thoughts, Harry?

Tottenham Hotspur returns to Premier League action on Sunday, August 22 when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux (2pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris (Capt), Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Cristian Romero 90’), Davinson Sanchez, Heung-Min Son, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn (Giovani Lo Celso 77’), Japhet Tanganga (Matt Doherty 83’), Lucas Moura, Oliver Skipp Subs not used: Pierluigi Gollini (GK), Harry winks, Bryan Gil, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies, Dane Scarlett

Booked: Lucas Moura (foul)
Goals: Heung-Min Son 55’

Manchester City: Ederson, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling (Gabriel Jesus 71’), IIkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, Ferran Torres, Benjamin Mendy (Oleksandr Zinchenko 79’), Fernandinho (Capt), Riyad Mahrez (Kevin De Bruyne 79’), Joao Cancelo Subs not used: Zack Steffen (GK), Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, Bernardo Silva

Booked: Jack Grealish (foul)
Goals: None

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis

Attendance: 58.262

Brian Jeeves