Pep’s City lose

Tot­ten­ham hand Blues first loss un­der new boss

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

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.


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.


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.


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.

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