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Son Heung-Min scored Tottenham’s winner against Manchester City.
No Harry Kane? No problem. Tottenham Hotspur stunned Manchester City on Sunday, grinding out a gritty 1-0 win, despite the absence of the London’s club star striker, who has been linked with a move to the reigning Premier League champion.
The 28-year-old Kane was missing from Spurs’ squad for the match, but Tottenham did a “great job,” according to Son Heung-Min, who scored the game’s only goal in the second half to secure a surprise win.
The victory gave new Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo the perfect start, while the club’s fans reveled in the win, chanting: “Are you watching Harry Kane.”
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Son celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Manchester City.
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Manchester City’s Jack Grealish shoots during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Sunday’s result also demonstrated why City might want to sign England international Kane.
“It was an incredible performance and everyone worked so hard to get these three points,” Son told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Interviewed by Sky Sports after the match, the Spurs manager was asked about Kane’s status, replying: “Harry Kane is one of the best players in the world, honestly. We are very lucky to have him. He has to get ready and help the team.”
Manchester City’s Nathan Ake, top, jumps for the ball with Tottenham’s Dele Alli.
Tottenham have acquired the sobriquet “Spursy” – a habit of flakiness and capitulation – but there was nothing “Spursy” about this performance.
The London team’s grit was typified by 22-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga, who was named man of the match after the way he nullified the threat of City forward Raheem Sterling.