The English Premier League (EPL) match between Tottenham Hot Spurs and Manchester City on Sunday, 2nd October 2016 at White Hart Lane witnessed Guardiola’s side bow down to Spurs. Kolarov scored an own goal just at the 9th minute hence giving the Spurs a ‘no fought for’ lead. At the 37th minute, the hosts doubled their lead, this time round through their own Dele Ali. It is Guardiola’s first loss in the EPL after six successive wins. The match ended 2-0 in favour of the hosts.
Guardiola had won his previous six games and 10 of his previous 11 matches in charge, but City were outplayed by a vibrant Spurs who moved second in the table and are now the in front early on when Aleksandar league’s only unbeaten team. Spurs dominated from the start and were Kolarov sliced Danny Rose’s cross into his own net after nine minutes.Dele Alli confirmed their superiority eight minutes before half-time with a cool finish from Son Heung-min’s pass. Spurs could even afford the luxury of seeing Erik Lamela’s second-half penalty saved by City keeper Claudio Bravo, and even though Sergio Aguero twice brought Hugo Lloris into action, once when he turned a shot on to the post, Mauricio Pochettino’s side fully deserved a convincing win.
Spurs took charge from the first whistle against a City side many felt were shaping up to run away with the title – barely allowing Guardiola’s side a second to breathe and refusing to allow them any time to impose their passing game. And it was all done without main marksman Harry Kane, who is side-lined with an ankle injury. In many respects this was the first time Spurs have fully hit their stride this season, and what a time to do it. On days like this the team that pushed Leicester long and hard for last season’s Premier League title look the complete package from back to front. They have a reliable keeper in Hugo Lloris, strength in defence in the shape of Jan Vertongen and Toby Alderweireld allied to the midfield power of Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko plus the creation of Christian Eriksen, Alli and Son. All these combined gave Guardiola’s side a bloody nose.
Spur’s coach, Mauricio Pochettino praised his side for a fantastic performance. He claimed that the win was due to a combined effort right from the goal keeper to the strikers. Guardiola however confessed that it was a tough game and he never imagined that he can never lose a game.
In other match day seven results; Friday, 30th September 2016, Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace, Saturday, 1st October 2016, Liverpool 2-1 Swansea, Hull 0-2 Chelsea, Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham, Watford 2-2 Bournemouth, Sunday, 2nd October 2016, Man United 1-1 Stoke, Leicester 0-0 Southampton and Burnley 0-1 Arsenal.