Giovani Lo Celso delivered a decisive sucker punch simply 35 seconds after his introduction from the bench to cement the case of Tottenham as a real title challenger.
Spurs made a flying begin and broke the impasse inside the primary 5 minutes by their South Korean sensation.
Tanguy Ndombele was afforded uncommon time on the ball within the centre of the pitch, and picked out the marauding Son Heung-min enjoying on the shoulder of the final defender.
The in-form ahead made no mistake together with his end, duly dispatching his strike previous Ederson to open the scoring.
Their lead was nearly doubled moments later, however a dynamic sweeping fast-break from Spurs culminating in Harry Kane tapping the ball into the empty web was all for naught because the offside flag went up on the England centre-forward.
Man City’s response was quick and livid. Controlling the majority of possession, a number of threatening alternatives had been created as Tottenham’s defence step by step started to creek.
The ultimate cross was proving troublesome to make, and when it lastly got here, VAR got here to Spurs’ rescue.
A clipped ball into the field discovered Gabriel Jesus, however the Brazilian managed the ball through the help of his proper hand. His cut-back discovered the unusually far ahead Aymeric Laporte who beautifully swept his shot residence.
Upon inspection of his pitch-side monitor, nevertheless, Mike Flip adjudged Jesus to have dealt with the ball and duly dominated out the would-be equaliser.
NO GOAL 📺
Mike Dean checks the pitchside monitor and Laporte’s strike is dominated out for a Jesus handball
— Sky Sports activities Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 21, 2020
The rest of the half performed out as each managers would have predicted.
Tottenham had been content material to take a seat deep and seemed harmful when afforded the uncommon alternative to counter. Whereas Metropolis unleashed no fewer than 11 first-half efforts, none of which had been capable of convey parity again to the scores.
Regardless of boasting the skills of Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero on the bench, Pep Guardiola opted to ship the identical eleven out for the second half.
Kevin De Bruyne whistled a low drive simply past Hugo Lloris’ far put up and gave the impression to be the likeliest candidate to haul his aspect again to stage phrases as Tottenham continued to carry out.
As a substitute, it was Tottenham who produced the sport’s subsequent purpose in an actual sucker punch to Metropolis’s hopes.
A free ball allowed Toby Alderweireld the chance to clear, together with his cross falling completely for Harry Kane.
He in flip drove on the Metropolis backline earlier than feeding substitute Giovani Lo Celso who slotted his end by Ederson’s legs simply 35 seconds after his introduction to the motion.
65’ Giovani Lo Celso comes on for Tanguy Ndombele
65’ Giovani Lo Celso places Tottenham 2-Zero up
— The Spurs Specific (@TheSpursExpress) November 21, 2020
The anticipated Man Metropolis fightback by no means actually acquired going as Jose Mourinho’s ways and dedicated performances from his stars continued to frustrate their opponents.
It wasn’t all excellent news for Tottenham, nevertheless, as Alderweireld appeared to undergo a groin damage which is able to depart Mourinho going through an anxious wait.
Ruben Dias wasted a wonderful alternative to arrange a grandstand end when nodding a De Bruyne set piece straight at Lloris.
It mattered not, nevertheless, as time ran out on Metropolis’s subdued fightback as Tottenham ran out 2-Zero winners.