Dele Alli believes Tottenham made a “big statement” as they handed Pep Guardiola his first defeat as Manchester City manager.
Alli struck his side’s second at White Hart Lane after City defender Aleksandar Kolarov put through his own net.
Spurs’ 2-0 victory margin could have been greater had Erik Lamela not seen his second-half penalty saved by visiting goalkeeper Claudio Bravo but England midfielder Alli knows they ensured the Premier League would sit up and notice.
Alli scored with his only shot of the game to help Spurs to their best start in a league campaign since that of Bill Nicholson’s title winning team of 1960/61.
“It’s massive,” he told Sky Sports 1. “It was a big statement for us. We know what we were capable of and we knew there were going to be chances if we stuck to the game plan and when they came along we took them.”
Alli added: “I don’t think there’s any denying they are a brilliant football team and they do like to play the ball. We knew that if we got in their faces and kept working hard that we’d create chances.
“They’re a great team and they’re going to be up there at the end of the season but I think we showed what we were capable of.”
Spurs are now the only unbeaten team in the Premier League and Alli wants to see that run continue after the international break.
He said: “Nobody wants to have that week off without the win so it was massive for us and it was important we keep going, keep fighting and just focus on the next game.”
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