Tottenham 1-0 Man City: Son’s strike helps Spurs stun Champions | EPL 2021-22

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Manchester City: Son Heung-min was on target as Spurs edged out Man City in their opening game.

Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal against Manchester City
Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal against Manchester City

Son Heung-min was on target as Tottenham edged out Man City in their opening game.

Tottenham Hotspur have kickstarted their new Premier League season with a 1-0 win against defending champions Manchester City.

Son Heung-min’s goal in the second half proved decisive as City were crumbled to a disappointing defeat.

The Sky Blues dominated the possession for the more significant parts of the game but failed to find any breakthrough.

On the other hand, Nuno Santo’s men were happy to sit back and punish the visitors on counters, and they had their breakthrough at the start of the second half when Son found the nets through an excellent strike.

The North Londoners were able to scrape out the win even without their star striker Harry Kane, who didn’t make it to the final squad.

Jack Grealish, the record signing in the Premier League history, made his debut for the Sky Blues, but his individual brilliance in bits and parts during the game wasn’t enough.

Pep Guardiola must have been disappointed with City’s lacklustre start. In contrast, the fellow rivals, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester and Liverpool, have picked up three points in their opening fixtures.

The absence of a centre forward was reflected in todays’ outcome as Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez were less effective in the final third.

Nathan Ake didn’t have a memorable game in the defence either, and it further solidifies the fact that John Stones and Ruben Dias should be the go-to centre-back duo for the Sky Blues.

There is a case that needs to be made for Benjamin Mendy, who was City’s first-choice left-back in today’s game but failed to make his presence felt.

Spurs would be happy with the three points as they believed in their counter-attacking strategies, and they eventually got paid off.

Heung-min Son steps in the absence of Harry Kane

There were doubts before the game on whether Spurs would fare well in the absence of Harry Kane.

However, Kane’s fellow strike partner over the years, Heung-min Son, rose to the occasion and came out as the best player in Spurs’ attack.

The 29-year-old picked up where he left off last season – contributing to 27 goals for the North Londoners – and scored the stunning decisive goal today.