Tottenham convincingly beat Manchester City at home and managed to become the first side to prevail over the league leaders this season. The North London club went under the radar this summer and not many thought they would challenge for the title once again, but they sent out a huge statement this weekend. The visitors are the overwhelming favourites to win the league and the defeat at White Hart Lane will be a reminder that they will have to work hard for it. Here are three players that impressed on Sunday, with those that disappointed included on the next page.
The defensive midfielder was excellent for the entire match and he had to be, given the high intensity that is played by Manchester City. He won six tackles and broke up play superbly, as he showed why he was chosen ahead of Eric Dier. Wanyama is a destroyer and suits matches against the best sides in the league. The Kenyan did more than just win the ball back, finishing the match with 84% pass completion rate. This is especially impressive as his passing was seen as a weak part of his game when he joined Spurs.
The England international gave a great performance and scored the second to secure the points. His first few performances of the season have been criticised and there were concerns that he would suffer from second season syndrome. However, he was at his best this weekend and it showed his big game mentality. The movement for his goal was superb and his cool finish showed the confidence that exudes from his game. This should provide him with the momentum to recapture last season’s form.
The Chilean may have conceded two goals, but he gave a confident performance and it looks like he is getting grips with the English game. He wasn’t bullied by Tottenham and made several key saves to keep his side in the match. This included a good penalty save from Erik Lamela to prevent Tottenham from scoring a third. He finished the match with 73% distribution accuracy, highlighting why he was brought to the club.