Spurs topple the champions to seal opening day victory

Son celebrates after scoring against Champions of England, Manchester City!

Spurs defeated the defending champions Manchester City 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This was thanks to a second-half wonder strike from Heung-Min Son.

On a day that was primarily focused on Harry Kane’s absence and potential exit from the club, it was the South Korean and fellow strike partner Son with the winner Lillywhites and helped ease the Spurs’ fans nerves ahead of the upcoming season.

City started the game brightly, with the away side dominating possession. A couple of decent chances within the first 15 minutes.

But the hosts defended well and grew more comfortable as the game went on. Spurs gained possession and managing to carve a few decent chances of their own.

The breakthrough came following a good counter-attacking play by Steven Bergwijn, his pass found Son on the right-hand side of the pitch who was able to dribble the ball onto his left foot and drive the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Bergwijn himself should’ve doubled his side’s lead following a deflected pass that fell right into the path of the Dutchman. One-on-one with Ederson, he just couldn’t get his shot onto the right side of the goal.

Pep’s team huffed and puffed to get an equaliser, especially with De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus coming off the bench, however, they weren’t able to get past a resilient Spurs defence and thus suffer defeat on the opening day of the season.

Nuno makes dream start as Spurs boss

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Following the departure of Jose Mourinho, a number of top managers were considered favourites to replace him as head coach of Tottenham which include Antonio Conte, Guttuso, Paulo Fonseca etc.

But for one reason or another, it just didn’t materialise for the Lillywhites and it looked like the Tottenham job was becoming a poison challis for anyone who wanted to take the job.

So when Nuno Espirito Santo was announced as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, there wasn’t a great amount of optimism from the Spurs fans given that other managers have turned down the job earlier in the summer.

The fans were especially worried about how Nuno was going to deal with the Harry Kane situation, with the England captain not turning up to training after his break from the Euro’s with Manchester City heavily linked with a move for him to replace the outgoing Sergio Aguero.

However, on the day he was brilliant in being able to limit City with their chances while also managing to look deadly on the counterattack. It will be interesting to see how Nuno moulds this Tottenham team into what he wants and whether he can keep hold of their captain Harry Kane for another season.

Tottenham’s new stadium curse continues for City

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Pep Guardiola’s team have played 4 games at Tottenham’s new ground since it opened in 2019 and have lost on all four occasions, both in the Premier League and in their Champions League tie a couple of years ago.

New £100 million pound signing Jack Grealish started today’s game but he couldn’t find his usual spark which made him the most expensive transfer this summer, with his only decent chance coming in the second half at 1-0 down.

The Citizens looked particularly toothless upfront with Torres, Mahrez and Sterling often interchanging in the attack but to no avail.

Even with the substitutions of De Bryune and Gabriel Jesus, they still didn’t look like threatening Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

As mentioned before, Harry Kane was absent for the game today amid a potential move to the blue side of Manchester. Judging by how his side played today Pep will feel that, despite the cost, Harry Kane is exactly what they need if they are to retain the Premier League and go a step further and win the Champions League.

If the Kane transfer doesn’t happen this summer, then Pep will look to his attacking players like Grealish, Sterling, Mahrez etc. to provide the goals needed in the wake of Aguero’s exit, otherwise, it could be a season of setbacks where teams like Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United may be lifting the trophies and not the Citizens this season.

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