Spurs sink Man City without Kane

English Premier League

Nuno Espirito Santo's reign as Tottenham Hotspur manager got off to the best possible start with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in their 2021/22 Premier League opener.

Harry Kane was deemed too unfit to start for Spurs, while Jack Grealish made his full debut for City.

In the fifth minute, Grealish took the corner short to Benjamin Mendy and he delivered a wonderful cross into the box. Hugo Lloris came out for it but completely missed the ball as Fernandinho headed it on goal, but it was just wide of the empty net.

Spurs are all over the place in defence and Mendy played the diagonal out to Riyad Mahrez on the right this time. The Algerian's delivery was blocked by Erick Dier, but Joao Cancelo got there ahead of Skipp to hit the shot first time, and it flashed inches wide of the far post.

Mahrez then came close when Raheem Sterling's cross took a slight deflection off Japhet Tanganga on its way to the unmarked Mahrez in the middle of the box and his effort on the half-volley fizzed just wide of the post.

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Spurs had a good sight at goal five minutes before half-time. Lucas was the man to initiate the break for the hosts and he expertly found Son on the edge of the box, who swivelled before unleashing his shot towards the near post, but a slight deflection off Cancelo sent it curling wide.

Nuno's side took the lead ten minutes after the break. Steven Bergwijn launched the counter-attack and found Son on the right, who cut inside and curled his shot past Ederson and into the far bottom corner.

Spurs had a glorious chance to double their lead five minutes later. Bergwijn was played through on the break by Lucas but fired into the side netting after being one-on-one with Ederson.

Grealish and Kevin de Bruyne combined in the 84th minute to so nearly bring City level. Grealish wrongfooted Doherty before squaring the ball to De Bruyne on the edge of the box. The Belgian controlled before curling a shot towards the far post, but Lloris stretched at full length to tip it wide.

And in the end, Tottenham would preserve their one-goal cushion and get their Premier League campaign off to a winning start.

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