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Tottenham suffered their first Premier League defeat since December 2017 as Manchester City won 3-1 at Wembley. It was City that last defeated us in the competition and even though they were coming into the game on the back of a horror week, Pep Guardiola’s men started brightly.

Raheem Sterling was a thorn to our side but it was Gabriel Jesus who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. The away side were given a dubious penalty as Hugo Lloris took down Sterling but replays showed that the contact was outside the box.

Ilkay Gundogan scored from the spot to make it 2-0 but we did get one back in the 42nd minute as Christian Eriksen scored.

We tried our level best to get back into the game but City got the third. Sterling scored after a save from Lloris and ensured that City went one victory closer to the Premier League title.

Tottenham are now three points behind Liverpool with a game in hand but they have a better goal difference than us. We would have to prepare for another tough game, this time against Brighton, and then face Manchester United on Saturday for the FA Cup semi-final.

There were a few players that were actually decent in the game against the Cityzens and here are the ratings.

Tottenham Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris – 7/10

Lloris might have given away the debatable penalty but he did make a couple of good saves to keep us in the game. Some might claim he should have done better with the third goal but he was unsighted and Sterling did react quicker than the Frenchman.

Keiran Trippier – 6/10

Our right-back had some troubles with Leroy Sane but got better eventually. Trippier had a couple of decent blocks but was toyed around by the opposition.

Davinson Sanchez – 5/10

The former Ajax man had a nightmare as he was responsible for losing Jesus for the first goal. He also got into a mix-up with Ben Davies for the third goal, showing his inexperience for once.

Jan Vertonghen – 8/10

Vertonghen was one of our better players on the night and was always joining the attack despite us conceding three goals.

Ben Davies – 6.5/10

Davies tried his best but was not able to produce the right end product. The Welshman did have a couple of bright spots as he blocked a shot off sterling but his tackle on Vincent Kompany was a horror one, to say the least.

Mousa Dembele – 7.5/10

Dembele was another player that was good in the game and City had a tough time dealing with his control in the midfield. He was taken off in the second half of the game after we conceded the third goal.

Eric Dier – 5/10

The Englishman struggled a lot in this game and just could not break any of City’s attacks down. He didn’t have a positive impact on the game like he normally does.

Erik Lamela – 5.5/10

It was a surprise seeing Lamela start in place of Son Heung-min. The Argentine did hassle the opposition a lot but that did not faze City at all and he was replaced by Son as we looked for more goals.

Christian Eriksen – 7/10

Eriksen was a little lucky with the goal as it deflected off him. The Dane was good but didn’t reach the heights that we normally associate him with.

Dele Alli – 5.5/10

Alli had a poor outing. The Englishman struggled to get into the game and just could not get anything going in the attack.

Harry Kane – 5/10

Kane was marshalled really well by the City defence and could not get a goal to keep up with Mohamed Salah in the Premier League golden boot race.

Substitutes

Son Heung-min – 5.5/10

Son didn’t really get much in the game even though we were looking for his brilliance to shine against a stellar defence.

Lucas Moura – 7/10

Moura had a good showing in the game and even tested Ederson with a decent shot. The Brazilian should start a few games for us before the season ends.

Moussa Sissoko – N/A

The Frenchman was brought on late in the game but couldn’t really make a difference as we looked to get another goal.

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“The tackle was nice, eh?” – Mauricio Pochettino hails Eric Dier’s incredible tackle on Sergio Ramos

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Eric Dier’s tackle on Sergio Ramos during England’s 3-2 win over Spain was a reflection of what the Argentine has tried to instil at the club.

The Lilywhites have been brilliant under the manager since he took over from Southampton. We are now regulars for a top-four spot and lie a couple of points behind the Premier League leaders after eight games.

Pochettino was quoted by the Guardian as saying:

“The tackle was nice, eh?

“He touched the ball. In England, that’s never a foul. In Europe, it’s different. But to be brave like this – look, Dier is a holding midfielder and he was pressing Sergio Ramos in the penalty area.

“That is the mentality that, from day one at Spurs, we have tried to translate to the players. I feel proud about that. It’s a fantastic attitude, one that we always need to keep pushing.”

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Dier did get booked for that challenge in Seville but it set the tone for the rest of the game. The manager also spoke about the significance of moments such as the one from Dier.

“The signal that you send to your opponents is important.

“To say: ‘We are not scared of you. We come here and we want to beat you.’

“We can play good or bad but always it’s about the attitude. With different attitudes, sure, the game would be completely different and have different results. With only talent you cannot beat any team. But talent with attitude is everything.”

Tottenham have made a decent start in the league and hopefully, we will be able to carry the same form for the rest of the season.

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We have lost both our games in the Champions League so far, and face a couple of crucial ties against PSV Eindhoven next.

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“I had friends that chose a criminal life” – Tottenham star opens up about how football saved him

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Tottenham attacker Lucas Moura has credited football of saving him from a life of crime in Sao Paulo.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star has found his feet in England, after a tough six months last season, and claimed a number of his friends went down the “bad way.”

Moura was speaking to the Evening Standard and was quoted saying:

“It was very difficult when I was young because there are problems with violence, gangs, guns, drugs – a criminal life.

“I had friends that choose a criminal life. Some of them are in prison and some of them are dead. They chose the bad way.

“I played a lot of football in the street. My dream was to become a footballer – that’s why I didn’t go to the bad way. I always believed I could realise my dream and give another life to my family.”

Moura added that his parents sent him down the right path and that he always wanted to be a footballer and nothing else.

The Brazilian’s form this season saw him earn a recall to the national side. Moura has three goals from eight Premier League games and has been one of the more consistent players for Tottenham.

The 26-year-old was used sparingly by Mauricio Pochettino after joining us in January but believes he can get better.

“The first five months was to adapt to the new life, the new championship, the new coach, a new country, a new club.

“Now I’ve done a pre-season with the team and I understand what the coach expects from me. Here the game is so dynamic, the intensity is so high. I hope I’m a little far from my best. I’m playing well but can do better.”

The Brazilian hasn’t hit the levels that he did during his first few years with PSG but working with Pochettino should help him reach his potential.

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The season is only a few games in and hopefully, we will see the best of Moura in the coming months.

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Arsenal leading race to sign £50m-rated Tottenham target

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Arsenal are leading the chase to sign AS Roma winger Cengiz Under, according to ForzaRoma (h/t Mirror).

The Turkish youngster joined the Italian side in 2017 and has been one of the most impressive players for the team.

The report claims that the Gunners are leading Tottenham and Bayern Munich for the 21-year-old’s signature. Under has a couple of goals and three assists from eight games this season and played for the Turkish national side during the international break.

The 21-year-old is valued at around £50m (h/t Mirror) and is one of the best youngsters in world football at the moment.

Although Tottenham didn’t bring in new faces in the summer, we can’t rule out transfers in the winter window.

Almost every team will be looking to add quality in the winter window and we should be no different. It will be interesting to see if we continue keeping tabs on the Turkish international as the season progresses.

Tottenham could do with someone of Under’s quality in the team, as he seems ready for Premier League football.

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The 21-year-old could get even better under the watchful eye of Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine is one of the best managers in the world, and his record of getting the best out of youngsters could help us land some quality players in January.

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