Tottenham Hotspur rose to the top of the Premier League after an impressive 2-0 victory over Manchester City as Chelsea beat Newcastle United and Manchester United claimed their first home victory of the campaign on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, unbeaten in their last eight games, have 20 points in nine games while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have 18 points after their 2-0 win at Newcastle.
Leicester City, third (18 points), are Liverpool (17 points), fourth, on Sunday and would return to the top with a win at Anfield.
Pep Guardiola’s town slipped to 11th place with United’s victory putting them above their local rivals in ninth place.
Spurs now fully resemble a Mourinho side, solid at the back, hardworking in midfield and deadly at the break and that was enough to beat a City side who have managed just 10 goals in nine games.
Son Heung-min’s prolific form continued, with the South Korean opening the scoring in the fifth minute with his ninth goal of the season.
A beautifully weighted pass from Tanguy Ndombele selected Son’s perfectly timed run and the forward kept his cool to slip the ball between the legs of Ederson’s advance.
Harry Kane for Spurs and Aymeric Laporte for City both had goals denied before substitute Giovani lo Celso settled the game just 35 seconds after coming off the bench.
While Mourinho will have been delighted to have put one on Guardiola, with whom he played during his stay in Spain when he coached Real Madrid and his rival was in charge of Barcelona, he did not get carried away. by the table.
“We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to win every game,” said the Portuguese coach.
At St James’ Park, an own goal by Federico Fernandez and Tammy Abraham’s effort in the second half saw Chelsea claim a third consecutive victory.
The Blues took the lead in the 10th minute when Fernandez, under pressure from Ben Chilwell, returned the cross from Mason Mount.
Isaac Hayden missed a great chance to equalize on time but Timo Werner burst on goal before passing to Abraham to double Chelsea’s lead.
“We put the game aside with a professional performance,” Lampard said. “The result is essential because the Premier League is tough and relentless.”
A two-time penalty from Bruno Fernandes gave United a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, their first Premier League win at Old Trafford this season.
Fernandes’ first effort was saved by West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, but the referee ordered the kick to be retaken after deciding the goalkeeper had left his line and the Portuguese midfielder did no error on the second attempt.
Winless West Brom’s frustration was compounded by the fact that the penalty came eight minutes after a penalty was canceled after the review.
Brighton and Hove Albion won at Aston Villa for the first time with a thrilling 2-1 victory.
Solly March took the winner with a nice finish after Ezri Konsa’s equalizer nullified Danny Welbeck’s first goal for Brighton, a smart chip.
There was late drama, however, when Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey was sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time and Villa had a penalty overturned after the referee overturned his decision after have seen the monitor.