Eleven minutes later Kane broke his season-long goal starvation for his club when he clipped in a rebound after Eriksen’s free kick struck the crossbar – the sense of relief palpable for the England striker and the Spurs fans.
Last season’s runners-up got the campaign off to an exceptional start but have begun to stutter recently, losing three of their last four matches in all competitions. “I said in the press conference on Friday that we needed to compete with them because we are young, and we did that today”.
The visitors will be confident of winning a six sixth away game in the league this weekend as they are yet to concede on the road.
“After that they played very well, we looked very bad”. ‘We are working well, we are up there and we’ve got to continue.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men had their tails up then and they came out in the second half with renewed vigour, taking the lead five minutes after the restart when Toby Alderweireld headed in from a corner. Although Sunderland have made a very slow start to this season, the link-up play between Sterling and De Bruyne in the final third in midweek was sublime – assisting each other and wreaking absolute havoc on the Black Cats’ defence.
Admittedly, City had David Silva missing, Yaya Toure limped off, Vincent Kompany pulled out after the warm-up.
“We believe in his talent and quality”. “It’s a calf problem from the Juventus game and he hasn’t recovered from that”.
City were excellent in the first 30 minutes; playing on the counter, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and co were running rings around the home side’s backline. “We know this is the way”.
The hero in his first two games, this was a quieter afternoon for Son but he could have had a goal. “Joe for me was not 100 per cent, I play Willy”.
City, which suffered a 4-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur as it gave up top spot to rival Manchester United in the Premier League, visits Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Thursday morning (AEST).
Manchester United’s Juan Mata, center, scores during the English… “You need to always keep calm because sometimes the decision is not easy for the referee”.