No Harry Kane? No problem. Tottenham Hotspur stunned Manchester City on Sunday, grinding out a gritty 1-0 win, despite the absence of the London’s club star striker, who has been linked with a move to the reigning Premier League champion.
The 28-year-old Kane was missing from Spurs’ squad for the match, but Tottenham did a “great job,” consistent with Son Heung-Min, who scored the game’s only goal within the last half to secure a surprise win. The victory gave new Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo the right start, while the club’s fans reveled within the win, chanting: “Are you watching Harry Kane.” Son celebrates together with his teammates after scoring against Manchester City. Sunday’s result also demonstrated why City might want to sign England international Kane.
“It was a fantastic performance and everybody worked so hard to urge these three points,” Son told Sky Sports. “Manchester City is currently the simplest team within the world so we fought for the three points and it means tons to us at the beginning of the season.” Interviewed by Sky Sports after the match, the Spurs manager was asked about Kane’s status, replying: “Harry Kane is one among the simplest players within the world, honestly. We are very lucky to possess him. He has got to prepare and help the team.” Tottenham has acquired the sobriquet “Spursy” — a habit of flakiness and capitulation — but there was nothing “Spursy” about this performance.
The London team’s grit was typified by 22-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga, who was named man of the match after the way he nullified the threat of City forward Raheem Sterling. “We allowed them an excessive amount of, we couldn’t control it, especially the straightforward thing once you lose the passes in certain positions it’s always harder,” mayor Pep Guardiola told the BBC. “Football is goals, Son Heung-min scored the goal, we couldn’t .
“It is normal for a season with not much preparation. The spirit was good but we lost. I’m quite surprised at how well we’ve done many things. “A lot players arrived too late for Euros, for Covid, for several things. Players come and each week are going to be better.” Guardiola’s team featured Jack Grealish, who was making his Premier League debut for City after the Britain international’s $139 million transfer from Aston Villa earlier this month.
“He [Grealish] was excellent,” Guardiola told the BBC.” He played with a personality and created chances. “Unfortunately we couldn’t win for him for his debut but he played rather well … he doesn’t lose the ball, he’s so dangerous on the brink of the box.”