Giovani Lo Celso delivered a decisive punch barely 35 seconds after his introduction from the bench to cement Tottenham’s case as a true contender for the title.
Spurs got off to a flying start and broke the deadlock in the opening five minutes with their South Korean feel.
Tanguy Ndombele was given rare time on the ball in the middle of the field and spotted marauder Son Heung-min playing on the shoulder of the last defender.
The in-form forward made no mistakes with his finish, duly sending his strike past Ederson to open the scoring.
Their lead nearly doubled moments later, but a dynamic Spurs quick break culminating with Harry Kane kicking the ball into the empty net was to no avail as the offside flag rose on England center-forward .
Man City’s the response was swift and furious. Controlling most of the possession, several threatening opportunities were created as Tottenham’s defense gradually began to give way.
The final pass turned out to be difficult to do, and when it finally came, VAR came to Spurs’ rescue.
A cut ball in the box found Gabriel Jesus, but the Brazilian controlled the ball with his right hand. His cutback found exceptionally long striker Aymeric Laporte who swept his home shot superbly.
Upon inspecting his field-side monitor, however, Mike Turn ruled that Jesus had handled the ball and duly ruled out the potential equalizer.
NO GOAL 📺
Mike Dean checks field monitor and Laporte’s strike ruled out for Jesus handball
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 21, 2020
The rest of the half-time went as both managers would have predicted.
Tottenham were happy to sit deep and looked dangerous when given the rare opportunity to block. While City triggered no less than 11 efforts in the first half, none have been able to bring back parity in the scores.
Despite the talents of Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero on the bench, Pep Guardiola chose to send the same eleven for the second half.
Kevin De Bruyne whistled a low training just past the far post from Hugo Lloris and appeared to be the most likely candidate to bring his side back to terms as Tottenham continued to hold on.
Instead, it was Tottenham who produced the game’s next goal in a real punch to City hopes.
A loose ball gave Toby Alderweireld a clearing, his pass falling perfectly for Harry Kane.
He in turn drove down City’s backline before feeding substitute Giovani Lo Celso who slit his finish between Ederson’s legs barely 35 seconds after his introduction to the action.
65 ‘Giovani Lo Celso enters instead of Tanguy Ndombele
65 ‘Giovani Lo Celso puts Tottenham 2 to 0
– The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) November 21, 2020
Man City’s long-awaited fight never really started, as Jose Mourinho’s tactics and committed performances by his stars continued to frustrate their opponents.
However, that was not good news for Tottenham as Alderweireld appeared to be suffering from a groin injury which will leave Mourinho facing anxious wait.
Ruben Dias missed a magnificent opportunity to finish in the stands by nodding a free kick from De Bruyne to Lloris.
It didn’t matter, however, as time passed for City’s moderate retaliation as Tottenham lost 2-0.