Nuno Espirito Santo started his tenure as Tottenham Hotspur manager with a 1-0 win over 2020-21 Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Harry Kane, who has been linked with a move to City, wasn’t in the squad for the match.
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Son Heung-Min scored the game’s only goal in the second half after a strong counter-attack from Tottenham.
“Obviously we wanted to start well in the first game of the season and with the fans. It was an incredible performance and everyone worked so hard to get these three points,” Son said after the game.
“Manchester City are currently the best team in the world so we fought for the three points and it means a lot to us at the start of the season.”
The goal came against the run of play with City dominating possession and shots.
“It was good I think. The atmosphere was special off the hard work of the boys. They make any crowd proud when they work so hard,” Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who enjoyed a third Premier League win over City boss Pep Guardiola, said.
“It was strong. We were lucky because they had chances but the boys held on and they stayed in the game. We knew it would be tough. After that first 20 minutes we did better and we started getting our chances.