Nuno Espirito Santo enjoyed a fine start to his managerial career at Spurs as they defeated Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 1-0 in the season opener. Heung-min Son scored the only goal of the game as Guardiola’s miserable record away to Tottenham continued.
The absence of Harry Kane wasn’t a problem for Spurs as Lucas Moura, Son and Tanganga put in superb performances to help Nuno get to a winning start. On the other hand, Jack Grealish’s Premier League debut ended in a defeat despite City being the better team in the first half.
Speaking to reporters after the game Son expressed his happiness in starting the season with a win, and said “Obviously we want to start well. With the fans finally, just an incredible performance. Everyone worked so hard to get these three points. Man City currently are the best team in the world. I think this means a lot for us for the start of the season.”
“We did just a great job. We know Man City are a really good team. We prepared really well, we worked hard in preseason and we showed on the pitch. We did a great job, we did amazingly.”
Speaking on Kane the Spurs forward said “We are all professional. We wanted to focus on this game. It doesn’t matter who’s involved and who’s not. Obviously Harry’s so, so important for us.”
Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo echoed Son’s point and said “It was good. It would make any manager proud when they work so hard. They were strong [at the start] and I think we were lucky, because they had real chances, but the boys held on. We knew it was going to be tough, and after the first 15 minutes I think we controlled better.”
“Not only Tanganga, in terms of shape, in terms of organisation, the front three worked very hard. It’s very difficult to play against City, it requires a lot of discipline, but the boys were great. I’m sure that with commitment and with the talent that we have, we’re going to be a good team. I’m learning every day, and I’m very proud of them today.”
On asked about Kane the Spurs manager said “Look, Harry is one of the best players in the world. Honestly. We are very lucky to have him. So he has to get ready and help the team.”
Raheem Sterling insisted City will try to get back to winning ways, and said “I thought we could control the game a little bit better. We let them counter-attack too much, they did exactly what they wanted to do. It’s a difficult one to take, but it’s a long season. I thought we were on the front foot, [but] they kept getting small counters and we should control them a bit better.”
“But we’ll bounce back from this one. It’s always difficult to start with a defeat, but it’s a long road but we’ve got to keep focused and try to bounce back from this. I’ve played with [Grealish] a few times and it’s a good one. It’s still early days with me and him and we’ll learn each other’s games a lot more as the season goes on.”