LONDON: Tottenham deservedly ended Pep Guardiola’s perfect Premier League start and underlined their own title credentials with a high-energy 2-0 victory over leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
Guardiola had won his previous six games and 10 of his previous 11 matches in charge but City were outplayed by a vibrant Spurs who moved second in the table and are now the league’s only unbeaten team.
Spurs dominated from the start and were in front early on when Aleksandar Kolarov sliced Danny Rose’s cross into his own net after nine minutes.
Dele Alli confirmed their superiority eight minutes before half-time with a cool finish from Son Heung-min’s pass.
Spurs could even afford the luxury of seeing Erik Lamela’s second-half penalty saved by City keeper Claudio Bravo. and even though Sergio Aguero twice brought Hugo Lloris into action, once when he turned a shot on to the post, Mauricio Pochettino’s side fully deserved a convincing win.
Earlier Jose Mourinho felt his Manchester United side could have beaten Stoke 6-0 and was frustrated to have to settle for 1-1 stalemate at Old Trafford.
United were dominant over the 90 minutes but wasteful finishing – and a revelatory performance from on-loan goalkeeper Lee Grant – meant substitute Anthony Martial’s superb second-half curler was their only goal of the game.
That left them vulnerable in the game’s closing stages and Joe Allen smashed home from point-blank range to seal a hit-and-run by the visitors, who moved off the foot of the Premier League with a third point of the season.
United had opportunities late on in the 1-1 draw, not least when Paul Pogba, wayward on several occasions in each half, headed against the crossbar from a couple of yards.
Mourinho improbably declared it United’s best showing of the season but was left to rue the final score.
He said: “I’m happy with the performance but when the result should be 5-0 or 6-0 and it is 1-1 then the happiness disappears. I think it was our best performance in terms of the football we played, the creation of chances, the consistency.
“In this moment it should not be just three points but a fat result. From minute one everything was beautiful. The first chance, the one Paul missed, was beautiful football. In the second half he hits the post (crossbar), the save down low in the corner…beautiful football.
“I’m very frustrated but the performance was there.”
Champions Leicester City’s struggles continued as they were held goalless by Southampton.
The home side almost went behind when Charlie Austin went close with two headers and hit the post with a shot.
Austin was also through on goal in the second half but an ambitious chip was saved by keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Jamie Vardy had Leicester’s best chance after a poor backpass but he was tackled by Oriol Romeu, who also blocked two follow-up shots.
The Foxes have won only two of their opening seven leagues games, collecting eight points.