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Tottenham grabbed a 2-0 win over league leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday to gain some ground at the top of the standings.
Spurs got off to a good start, as they got the lead through an own goal by Aleksandar Kolarov in the 9th minute. Kolarov was unlucky to get on the end of a cross by Tottenham left back Danny Rose and put it into his own net off the bar. Tottenham did a good job a pressing City high up the pitch and drive up the tempo.
Dele Alli, who was voted PFA Young Player of the Year last season, made it 2-0 in the 37th minute after making a nice run inside the penalty area on a nice feed by Heung-Min Son. Spurs had the chance to go up 3-0 in the second half when they were awarded a penalty, but Erik Lamela’s attempt was saved by Claudio Bravo. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was very pleased to pick up the win.
“It was a great, great victory for us against this opposition,” Pochettino said after the win. “I am very happy. Sometimes when you have a plan, it is good, sometimes less so, but Manchester City are a great team. It is difficult to play against them.
“We need to follow this after the international match and we have more tough games after the international break. If you play like we did today with passion and aggression then you will always have a chance. It is always about mentality. That is what helps us run and play as we want to.
“The collective performance was strong. It is too early to take this into the table yet. We are still creating our philosophy.”
The loss was City’s first of the season, and they now have just a one-point lead over Tottenham in the standings.