Tottenham Hotspur knocked Chelsea off the highest of the Premier League desk due to a 2-Zero victory over Manchester Metropolis to have fun Jose Mourinho’s anniversary in north London.
Whereas each single Spurs participant performed valiantly in north London, England captain Harry Kane was significantly particular on the evening as he bullied Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte.
It took simply 5 minutes for Jose Mourinho’s males to open the scoring when a intelligent run by Kane left house in behind the Metropolis defence for Tanguy Ndombele to chip into behind.
Hueng-min Son gleefully raced onto the delicately weighted move to complete well between Ederson’s legs.
It seemed as if Metropolis had discovered an equaliser via Laporte, however VAR adjudged Gabriel Jesus to have dealt with the ball earlier than laying it for the centre-back to attain.
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have clashed over time in Spain and in Manchester beforehand, nevertheless it was the ‘Particular One’ who prevailed on Saturday evening and sealed the sport with an impressed substitution.
Giovanni Lo Celso scored with nearly his first contact after Kane turned and picked up Toby Alderweireld’s move and noticed Lo Celso’s run on the left-hand facet, with the midfielder taking a contact earlier than he fired previous Ederson for his first ever Premier League aim.
Victory for Spurs means they’ve collected 1000 Premier League factors of their historical past, with a title cost below Mourinho wanting seemingly and factors to any extent further a premium.
Chelsea had been prime of the desk after beating Newcastle within the early kick off, with the London derby between the 2 sides subsequent Sunday set to be an mouth-watering affair.
Each golf equipment paid tribute to the late Ray Clemence earlier than kick-off with a minute’s applause whereas Spurs’ gamers wore black armbands for his or her former goalkeeper, who received trophies at White Hart Lane and with Liverpool.
Mourinho had predicted Raheem Sterling would begin for Metropolis regardless of being unavailable for England as a consequence of a calf harm, however he was solely named on the bench the place he was joined by the match once more Sergio Aguero.
With out their quantity seven, Guardiola recalled Riyad Mahrez whereas Bernardo Silva got here in for Ilkay Gundogan and but it was on the different finish of the pitch the place acquainted issues reared their ugly head.
Solely 5 minutes had been performed when Tanguy Ndombele threaded a move into the trail of Son, who bumped into house vacated by Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias and slotted via the legs of the onrushing Ederson for his ninth league aim of the marketing campaign.
It was a poor lapse in focus for the guests, who switched off and had been then not tight sufficient to the in-form South Korean.
Metropolis might have been stage with 9 on the clock, however Toby Alderweireld impressively denied Gabriel Jesus inside the world earlier than the Brazilian inadvertently blocked a goalbound shot by captain Kevin De Bruyne.
The ball was within the away internet once more within the 13th minute; but Kane had strayed into an offside place after a selfless Son move.
Spurs had been blissful for Metropolis to regulate possession with Mourinho watching his facet produce the kind of disciplined show which has change into his trademark.
A momentary drop in focus was all Guardiola’s facet would want and so they thought it arrived with 27 on the clock.
Rodri’s cross into the world got here via to Jesus, who arrange the unmarked Laporte and the French defender drilled previous Hugo Lloris from inside the world to make it 1-1.
Nobody had picked up the centre-back however Tottenham had been saved by the pitchside monitor after VAR beneficial Mike Dean use the know-how to evaluation if Jesus had used his arm to regulate the ball and Metropolis’s quantity 9 duly had.
The frustration of the away facet was seen at half-time and though Mahrez examined Lloris early into the second interval, it was routine for the Spurs captain.
Eric Dier and Alderweireld produced well timed interventions on the hour mark within the face of relentless stress earlier than Mourinho changed the wonderful Ndombele with Lo Celso within the 65th minute.
It was an impressed change with the Argentinian scoring 35 seconds into his arrival from one other Kane help.
Alderweireld discovered the England skipper in the midst of the pitch, who noticed Lo Celso had run away from De Bruyne and after the substitute took a contact into the world, he steered into the nook for his first ever Premier League aim.
Mourinho was in a position to have fun one other masterstroke and Tottenham had been inside touching distance of an announcement win.
Guardiola responded by introducing England duo Sterling and Phil Foden, however the closest they got here was when Lloris produced a point-blank save from a Dias header.
It was not all optimistic for Spurs who noticed Alderweireld depart the pitch with an harm 9 minutes from time, however they’ve changed Chelsea on the summit and prolonged their unbeaten league run to eight video games.
For Metropolis, despite a match in hand, they now path the leaders by eight factors and proceed to lack a scientific edge in each bins.