Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City PLAYER REVIEWS: Harry Kane excels in deep-set role

Tottenham secured a 2-0 win against Manchester City, with Song Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso on the scoresheet.

The victory sent Jose Mourinho’s side to the top of the Premier League.

Nick Szczepanik rates the best and worst players from the clash at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Harry Kane delivered an excellent performance when Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0

Harry Kane delivered an excellent performance when Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0

Harry Kane delivered an excellent performance when Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0

Tottenham (4-3-1-2)

Hugo Lloris – 7

Relieved that Laporte’s attack was ruled out, but despite many City attacks, he got few shots until he later denied Dias with a stunning reflex save.

Serge Aurier – 6

An opportunity to shine with Matt Docherty self-insulating. Came under pressure when City built attacks on his side but stuck to the task.

Toby Alderweireld – 8

An excellent last-ditch tackle to prematurely deny Jesus set the tone for a predictably busy evening until his crotch gave way ten minutes before time.

Toby Alderweireld made an important challenge early on and was defensively reliable

Eric Dier – 8

Maximum concentration was required and delivered when City joined Tottenham. Blocked and tackled with good results.

Sergio Reguilón – 7

Mahrez stopped, helped De Bruyne to subdue and came forward as best he could.

Moussa Sissoko – 7

A scary moment when Cancelo fell under a challenge, but otherwise his defense helped take up City pressure. Booked for an error in the first half as pressure grew.

Pierre Højbjerg -7

Effectively opposed De Bruyne and his company, tirelessly closed off spaces and gained a vital footing more than once.

Tanguy Ndombele – 6

Excellent visibility to spot Son’s run for the opening goal and a perfectly executed pass. Tired in the second half.

Harry Kane – 8

Denied himself a goal with a careless offside, but did all his best work in his new deep-set role. His vision and pass for Lo Celso’s goal showed his worth there. Booked for a late offense on Dias.

Son Heung-min – 6

Another goal against City for Son, made by a smart run and a clinical finish. But his touch once let him down after 62 minutes in a similar situation.

Son Heung-min thought it was just with a smart finish, although he missed a chance for a second

Steven Bergwijn – 6

A clever first pass nearly led to a second Tottenham goal until Kane went offside but spent most of his 73 minutes following City players.


Giovani Lo Celso (for Ndombele, 65 minutes) – 7

Lucas Moura (for Bergwijn, 73 minutes) – 6

Joe Rodon (For Alderweireld, 82 minutes) – 6

Subs (not used) Hart, Bale, Davies, Carlos Vinicius.

Man City (4-3-3)

Ederson – 5

To blame for both Tottenham’s goals, as he rashly fell off his line and made the goalscorers for them. Happy to get away with a new blood stream in the second half.

Kyle Walker – 5

Started many of City’s bouts on his 300th PL appearance, but got caught way out of position when Tottenham pulled out to double their lead.

Kyle Walker, who was in action against his former club, was caught for Spurs’ second goal

Rúben Dias – 7

His pace reduced some promising Spurs bouts, but others abandoned him for Tottenham’s goals. Yellow card for a foul on Kane late in the game.

Aymeric Laporte – 6

Saw an accomplished left foot finish for a center-back ruled out for handball against Jesus, but looked awkward when Spurs broke.

Joao Cancelo – 7

Allowed Son to escape him for the opening goal. Tried to make up with attacking peaks down the left but failed to impress with a fall in the penalty area.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6

Carried the game to the heart of the Spurs block as usual, but his teammates were unable to respond. And he couldn’t stop Lo Celso from doubling the lead.

Rodri – 6

Put an early header straight on Hugo Lloris but was always available and kept the ball moving as City built up attack after attack.

Bernardo Silva – 5

It seemed he was trying to find space on the left but was unable to progress or play that subtle final pass through the massive Tottenham ranks.

Ferran Torres – 4

An early shot as he sought to follow his hat-trick through the week for Spain against Germany was a false dawn. A foul on Lo Celso showed his frustration at a limp performance.

Ferran Torres found it difficult to make an impact on City after he stood out for Spain

Gabriel Jesus – 5

Keep the home defense in full force, but a sloppy handball denies City a goal in the first half that they would have earned at the time.

Riyad Mahrez – 4

A ‘near’ performance as he struggled to play the last pass or beat the last man. No surprise when he was switched as City sought a way.

Riyad Mahrez had a difficult time when Manchester City were beaten 2-0 on Saturday


Raheem Sterling (for Mahrez, 72 minutes) – 6

Phil Foden (for Bernardo Silva, 72 minutes) – 5

Subs (not used) Stones, Gündoğan, Agüero, Steffen, García.

Referee: Mike Dean 7


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