Nuno Espirito Santo makes winning start as Tottenham beat Man City
If there was any team in the Premier League who was “the favourite” to lift the title before the match week 1 was Pep Guardiola’s Man City, having won the trophy in 3 out of last 4 seasons. A club with a group of talented players who are very capable of playing beautiful and attractive football and competing for major honours as well as winning it.
Man City chased quadruple last season for a very long time before their hopes of winning 4 trophies dashed by jubilant Chelsea, and this campaign will be no different for Manchester club as they look to go in all four fronts once again after adding midfielder Jack Grealish for a record fee from Aston Villa and are also monitoring Harry Kane situation.
Tottenham started the game without their talisman Harry Kane, who was not in the matchday squad after being linked with a move to his club’s opponent on Sunday. In his absence, Son Heung-min started the game in the number 9 position and the team did not miss the absence of the Englishman as South Korean netting the only goal of the game in the 55th minute to hand Nuno Espirito Santo a winning start as Spurs’ manager.
Former Bayer Leverkusen winger Son punished City on the counter when he received the pass from Steven Bergwein on the right and took Nathan Ake on his stride and then cut inside on his favourite left foot to put the ball in the bottom corner giving no chance to Ederson.
This was also the first time since the 2011/12 season that Man City have failed to win their opening game of the season.
After failing to score against Spurs on Sunday, Guardiola’s team has now gone scoreless in their last 3 competitive matches, with defeats coming from Chelsea in the Champions League final and Leicester City in the Community Shield.
It would be very early to write off Man City as the season is only 1 game old, however, with recent results, one thing is guaranteed that the Sheikh Mansour owned club must reinforce in the centre forward position after the departure of Sergio Aguero last season.