Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur continued to haunt Pep Guardiola and Man City this evening as they not only put two goals past them, but shut them out yet again in North London.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the match:

Top of the league – Tottenham are now top of the league… for the time being at least. Enjoy it!

Harry Kane – That’s it… that’s the thing we learned. Harry Kane. I challenge anyone to argue that this man is not by far the most all-round striker in world football. He led the line tonight, he assisted, he tracked back and slid in, he blocked, he cleared with his head, he played CDM. He is redefining what a centre-forward can be in the modern era.

New role for Tanguy – We have seen Ndombele in a few different roles for Spurs over the past year. While he was purchased as a holding box-to-box midfield type, Mourinho played him almost as a second striker at times today. The Frenchman was covering so much ground, closing down from the front, sliding in to win the ball, and most importantly, setting up that Sonny goal.

Mourinho football – This Tottenham performance was classic Mourinho football, with the early goal playing into his hands. Spurs went 1-0 up and then shut up shop, limiting their attacks to rare breakaways. Spurs fans should get used to this in the big games under Jose.

Hojbjerg and Sissoko – At times tonight, Spurs were playing a back six formation, with Hojbjerg and Sissoko dropping into defensive roles between the central defenders and full-backs. The midfield duo looked to cut out passing lanes, double up on the City wingers, and win the ball back in their own third. Huge underrated shift from the two of them.

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