3️⃣ points as Spurs see off Man City to increase title talk

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Padraig Whelan

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Tottenham scored a goal in each half to overcome Manchester City and move to the top of the Premier League table.

Premier League

Manchester City

Son Heung-min struck early before Giovani Lo Celso added a second after the interval.

This is what we made of it.

The real deal

They’ve beaten both Manchester clubs this season already – one of them in utterly devastating fashion as well as a formidable Southampton side.

It is time to take Tottenham’s challenge seriously, particularly in this most bizarre of seasons.

This result puts Spurs eight points in front of the Citizens (who do have a game in hand) and their confidence appears to be increasing by the week.

In a year where everyone else also has their issues to deal with even outside of the coronavirus crisis, Spurs not only look like contenders, they look like real candidates for the title.

We may only be just under a quarter of the way through the season but they’ve now avoided defeat in every game since the opening day, winning all bar two.

They are giving no reason to think any major collapse is coming.

Handball or not?

You must be shocked at this one.

City had a first half equaliser ruled out after an emphatic Aymeric Laporte finish.

It was ruled that Gabriel Jesus had controlled with his arm before laying the ball off – something Mike Dean agreed with after viewing it pitchside.

The problem is that no images on the screen were given of a zoomed in shot – making it impossible to tell if he had handled.

It certainly seemed like he had but it was an extremely tough call even with the benefit of replay.

Lost amid it all was the superb strike from Laporte which has now been banished to the bin. Not bad for a centre-back!

Pep concern

It is now official after this one.

This is the worst start to a campaign that Pep Guardiola has had at any point in his career.

His side sit in 10th, with three wins, three draws and two defeats during that time.

Not only that but it is also the Citizens worst start to a season in 12 years, since Mark Hughes was at the helm.

All of that in the week when he signed a new long-term extension to his contract at the Etihad.

We don’t think they’ll be regretting that decision but it is worrying nonetheless.