Mourinho's Spurs beat Guardiola's City to top Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur rode on strikes from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso to beat Manchester City 2-0 and storm to the top of the Premier League table.

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Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate Giovani Lo Celso's goal against Manchester City on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur moved to the top of the Premier League after a classic Jose Mourinho inspired performance delivered a 2-0 victory over Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Saturday.

Goals in each half from Son Heung-min and substitute Giovani lo Celso, secured the three points and a fourth straight league win for Spurs, which is two points ahead of second-placed Chelsea.

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Mourinho's men grabbed the lead in the fifth minute when Son got round the back of City's defence to latch on to a perfect, lofted pass over the top from Tanguy Ndombele. The South Korean slipped the ball through the legs of the advancing Ederson for his ninth league goal of the season.

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Son Heung-min celebrates after putting Tottenham Hotspur ahead against Manchester City on Saturday.   -  Twitter @SpursOfficial


Harry Kane had the ball in the net in the 13th minute, slotting home from Son at the end of a sweeping move but the effort was disallowed for offside.

City was frustrated when Aymeric Laporte drove home after being set up by Gabriel Jesus but referee Mike Dean, after reviewing the pitch-side monitor, ruled the Brazilian had handled the ball.

The visiting City side enjoyed the bulk of possession without threatening the goal too often while a well-organised Spurs kept compact and looked to strike on the break.

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That proved to be a wise tactic when Lo Celso, just 35 seconds after being introduced from the bench, was found by Kane and kept his cool to slip past Ederson, who again had rushed out of his goal.

Giovani Lo Celso

Tottenham Hotspur's Giovani Lo Celso celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Manchester City.   -  Twitter @SpursOfficial


Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris did well in the final minute to keep out a header from Aymeric Laporte as City was left to reflect a result that leaves it adrift in 10th place, eight points behind Tottenham.

The victory was the first time Mourinho has enjoyed back-to-back wins over his old rival Guardiola.

"It feels good (to be top), but maybe tomorrow we are second again and honestly that would not be a problem for me, I am just happy with the evolution," Mourinho said.

"People cannot expect us to come here and after one season we are fighting for the title. We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to win every match. But we are going to lose matches, we are going to draw matches," he added.

Guardiola took a different view.

"They are top of the league so they are more title contenders than anyone else right now. There are a lot of teams in front of us," he said.

"I think we are not far, far away (from our best) but we struggle to score goals right now. Ten goals in nine games is not good enough," the Spaniard added.

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