(London) Tottenham provisionally took first place in the Premier League on Saturday in the 9e day, by winning flawlessly against Manchester City (2-0), while Chelsea confirmed their excellent form by easily beating Newcastle (2-0) and Manchester United laboriously overcome West Bromwich Albion (1 -0).
City’s defeat at White Hart Lane is all the more painful for Pep Guardiola as it comes a few days after the extension of his contract, which was supposed to restore serenity to his workforce.
This new underperformance, three weeks after a draw at home against Liverpool (1-1) dangerously slips its formation towards the second half of the standings (11e), eight lengths behind Tottenham, provisional leader with 20 points, pending the Liverpool-Leicester clash on Sunday (19:15 GMT).
Spurs only needed one arrow to make a difference in the first half. A cross-run by Heung-Min Son, launched by Frenchman Tanguy Ndombélé, mystified Cancelo and allowed José Mourinho’s men to plunge City into doubt (1-0, 5e).
Already admirable in consistency since arriving in London from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, the South Korean has had his best start to the season. With nine goals scored in nine games, he leads the scorers standings.
City hardly inspired
The formation of North London spent its time defending nine, with the only Kane released in tip, pending a block. This came shortly after the hour mark, and was concluded by Giovani Lo Celso, who came into play a few seconds earlier (2-0, 65e).
Tottenham lead the Premier League for the first time at this stage of the competition since 1985. Not enough to turn the head of coach José Mourinho: “We are not playing for the title, we are just trying to win every game” , he assured.
City has almost never been threatening, content to dominate territorially. “We knew before the game that we should not give them the first goal,” said Guardiola. “It’s like that with Mourinho’s teams, you make a mistake, and they punish you on the counterattack. ”
Chelsea in form before Rennes
With nine games unbeaten and only one goal conceded in the last 11 hours of play, Chelsea will move in full confidence to Rennes on Tuesday for the fourth day of the Champions League.
The victory obtained at Newcastle (2-0) did not suffer any dispute, as Frank Lampard’s men outclassed the Magpies, without giving the impression of forcing their talent.
A goal against his camp by Federico Fernandez (10e), then a post coming in from Tammy Abraham (65e) were a meager harvest in terms of the superiority displayed.
“We dominated the game, and we could have scored more goals, but the guys managed very well,” Lampard said after the meeting. “We lost here last year, so it’s a good progression to come here and get the result we want.”
Beyond the Rennes match, the next challenge for the Blues, 2es two points from the leader’s standings, will be Tottenham’s reception on Sunday, November 29, which will give a clear idea of their eventual ability to enter the title race.
Manchester United unconvincing
The Red Devils, for their part, won in front of West Bromwich Albion (1-0), thanks to a penalty converted by Bruno Fernandes (56e). However, this score appears unflattering against the worst away defense, especially after seeing a penalty for WBA unfairly canceled by VAR just after the break.
United, who had two poor performances at home in the Premier League against Chelsea (0-0) and Arsenal (0-1), returned to the first half of the standings (9e), without showing any real progress.
The virtual leader before this day, the promoted Aston Villa, had previously shown his limits again at home, losing to Brighton (1-2).