Pep’s City lose
Tottenham hand Blues first loss under new boss
MANCHESTER CITY’S winning start to the English Premier League is over – and the title favourites might just have seen close up their biggest rivals for the trophy.
Producing a clinic in highoctane pressing, Tottenham hounded City into submission in a 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane that consigned Pep Guardiola to his first loss in 12 games. Six of those matches had come in the Premier League and had been won at a canter.
It was the kind of all-round performance that Spurs produced for large spells of last season under Mauricio Pochettino before collapsing late on in their pursuit of eventual champions Leicester.
That was the first time Spurs contended for the league title in a generation and they are proving it wasn’t just a one-off.
After seven games, secondplaced Tottenham are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, still haven’t conceded a goal in open play, and are now just one point behind City.
In a dominant first-half display, Tottenham went ahead through Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal in the ninth minute, before Dele Alli added a second as City’s defence was overwhelmed by the home team’s energy and movement.
It could have been worse for City: Erik Lamela had a secondhalf penalty saved for Spurs in the second half.
City’s much-lauded attack failed to score for the first time this season and their defence looked suspect, like it did in the 3-3 draw at Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday. There are finally some cracks in City’s teams for their title rivals to cling to.
Manchester United couldn’t take advantage, only drawing 1-1 at home to struggling Stoke, but Arsenal scraped a 1-0 win at Burnley, thanks to a scrambled goal with virtually the last touch of the game.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1, STOKE 1
After opening with three straight victories, United have won only one of their last four games in the league and are already playing catchup.
Joe Allen earned a point for Stoke, scoring an 82nd-minute equaliser following a rare mistake by David de Gea. The United goalkeeper fumbled a long-range shot. Jon Walters scooped the loose ball against the bar before it bounced down for Allen to smash home from close range.
United took the lead in the
69th through Anthony Martial’s curling strike, two minutes after he came on as a substitute.
United are sixth with 13 points, five behind City at the top.
Stoke are still waiting for a first win of the season, but have ended their 13-game losing streak at Old Trafford, stretching back 36 years.
BURNLEY 0, ARSENAL 1
The two minutes of injury time had almost elapsed at Turf Moor when Alexis Sanchez received a short corner and sent over a cross that Theo Walcott flicked on. Alex OxladeChamberlain appeared to get a touch to the ball, which reared up off the hand of Laurent Koscielny — unintentionally — and squeezed over the line.
The match marked 20 years since Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger officially took charge of Arsenal and a fifth straight league win lifted his team to third place — two points behind City.
LEICESTER 0, SOUTHAMPTON 0
It might all be about the Champions League for Leicester this season.
This draw means Leicester have won just two of the opening seven games of their Premier League title defence. In their first-ever Champions League campaign, the Foxes have won both of their games — the latest coming against two-time European champions Porto on Tuesday.
Southampton created the better chances at King Power stadium, with in-form striker Charlie Austin hitting the post early on and wasting a oneon-one chance in the second half.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli (right) goes airborne after being fouled by Manchester City’s Nicolás Otamendi, who was shown a yellow card for the tackle during the English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane stadium in London yesterday.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left) shakes hands with Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino after the final whistle of the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane, London, yesterday. Tottenham won 2-0.