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Sunday 18 February 2018

Tottenham v Manchester City - story of the match

Dele Alli scored his second of the season in Tottenham's victory
Dele Alli scored his second of the season in Tottenham's victory

Tottenham's title credentials are no longer in doubt after they blew away Pep Guardiola's Manchester City with a breathless 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane.

City arrived unbeaten and with a perfect six out of six record in the Premier League this season, but Aleksandar Kolarov's own goal and Dele Alli's crisp finish gave Spurs an impressive win.

The scoreline would have been more emphatic had Erik Lamela not missed a penalty in the second half but Mauricio Pochettino's side now move within a point of their opponents in the table and look primed for another title challenge.


"@SpursOfficial look really good! I shockingly have them finishing 4th or 5th. I have to rethink that seriously." - former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater (@OfficialSGoater).


Moussa Sissoko. Seemed to cover every blade of grass and epitomised Tottenham's work ethic, particularly in the first half where he had an impact in both halves of the pitch. Performances like this in big games will be what everyone at Spurs would want for the £30million they invested in the France international and he certainly did not disappoint here. Other members of the Spurs first-team squad will be worrying for their place as there is no way Sissoko will be making room for anyone at the moment.


Dele Alli scored just his second goal of the season, and his first at White Hart Lane since April, to put Tottenham two goals ahead before half-time. Up until that point Spurs had dominated the game and impressed in the way they blunted Man City's approach and without the added cushion from Alli's well-taken finish, they could have been made to regret not putting the game to bed later in the contest.


Manchester City have never won a Premier League game in which they have trailed 2-0 at half-time - this was the 49th time they have found themselves in that position.



Hugo Lloris 6 (out of 10)

Kyle Walker 7

Toby Alderweireld 8

Jan Vertonghen 7

Danny Rose 7

Victor Wanyama 8

Christian Eriksen 6

Dele Alli 8

Moussa Sissoko 9

Erik Lamela 7

Son Heung-min 8


Eric Dier (for Sissoko) 6

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (for Alli) 5

Vincent Janssen (for Son) 5

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo 6

Pablo Zabaleta 6

John Stones 6

Nicolas Otamendi 4

Aleksandar Kolarov 5

Fernando 5

Jesus Navas 5

Fernandinho 6

David Silva 6

Raheem Sterling 6

Sergio Aguero 6


Ilkay Gundogan (for Fernando) 5

Kelechi Iheanacho (for Navas) 5

Leroy Sane (for Sterling) 5


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