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Pochettino hails 'near perfect' Tottenham display

Mauricio Pochettino has presided over Tottenham's best-ever start to a league season. Credit: PA

It's fair to say that Mauricio Pochettino was a satisfied man after Tottenham ended Manchester City's perfect start to the Premier League season and bolstered their own title credentials at White Hart Lane.

I feel very happy and very pleased, the performance was nearly perfect.

To play a great team like Manchester City you need to do a fantastic job and for that I'm very proud for the performance and the work that our players showed today.

I think we have played some good games but it is true that in a collective manner we worked very hard and all the players were fantastic on the pitch.

I think it was a really exciting game, both teams played in an exciting way and we share a similar philosophy.

I enjoyed it a lot from the touchline and the fans enjoy it a lot. Both teams, the mentality was to go forward, play football and try and win the game.

– Pochettino post-match

Guardiola congratulates superior Tottenham

Pep Guardiola watched his Manchester City team lose for the first time this season at White Hart Lane. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola was in magnanimous mood after watching Tottenham end his Manchester City team's perfect start to the Premier League season.

They were better, they played good. We had problems with our build-up and with the second balls we were not in the right positions.

Congratulations to the opponent. We must rest, for the people who are still here [not on international duty] and keep going.

After the first goal, it is always difficult to recover the enthusiasm.

In the last 15 or 20 minutes we played much better but we had problems to create our game.

We know that [Tottenham] press high. We want to do that; they did it better, that's all.

– Guardiola to Sky Sports


Tottenham made 'big statement', says Alli

Tottenham handed Pep Guardiola his first defeat as Manchester City manager at White Hart Lane. Credit: PA

Dele Alli believes beating Manchester City 2-0 at White Hart Lane is a "big statement" of Tottenham's Premier League title credentials.

An own goal from Aleksandar Kolarov and Alli's second goal of the season consigned Pep Guardiola to his first defeat as City manager.

It's massive. 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.

I don't think there's any denying [City] 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.

Nobody wants to have that week off [for the international break] 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.

– Alli to Sky Sports

FULL-TIME: Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has finally tasted defeat in the Premier League, courtesy of a near-flawless performance from Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino's men suffocated Manchester City and made the most of their opportunities aside from Erik Lamela's tame second-half penalty, which ultimately didn't matter. Suddenly the Premier League title race looks less of a foregone conclusion.

PENALTY SAVED! Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City

A glorious chance wasted to finish this match for Tottenham. Dele Alli is felled in the penalty area by Fernandinho, but Erik Lamela's spot kick is tame and Claudio Bravo dives to his right to make the save. Manchester City still have a chance here...


HALF-TIME: Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City

Dele Alli doubles Tottenham's lead over Manchester City at White Hart Lane. Credit: PA

Is it possible to play 45 minutes better than Tottenham just have? Manchester City are being pressed into giving the ball away and punished for their defensive mistakes, and Pep Guardiola is staring at his first defeat since arriving in English football. Can he do anything to turn the tide?

GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City (Alli)

Just as Manchester City appeared to be gaining a foothold in this game, Tottenham have given them a mountain to climb. Dele Alli's through pass is deflected to Heung-Min Son, who thinks quickly to play the England international through on goal. He finds the bottom corner.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City (Kolarov og)

Both teams have started at lightning pace and it's Manchester City who blink first. Danny Rose swings in an inviting cross from the left flank and Aleksandar Kolarov accidentally diverts it past Claudio Bravo and into his own net. Nightmare moment for the Serbia international, who didn't have the best of times against Celtic in midweek.

Starting line-ups: Tottenham v Manchester City

Manchester City: Bravo; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Fernando, Fernandinho; Silva, Sterling, Navas; Aguero.

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