Tottenham Hotspur’s £27m spent on the transfer of Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven is already paying off as the Dutchman wasted no time in finding the net.
In a match which took a dramatic turn when Oleksandr Zinchenko’s was sent off after his second yellow card for barging into Spur’s midfielder, Harry Winks.
Bergwijn wasted no time in the 63rd minute as he gave Spur’s the lead, from a chipped cross from Lucas Moura, as he chested the ball down before volleying low into the corner of the net from just inside the penalty area.
Spur’s manager Jose Mourinho while unveiling the player during the week, promised the club’s fans they would “love” Bergwijn “sooner or later”, however, it took the player just one match to prove Mourinho right.
Heung-Min Son added another in the 71st minutes, thanks to substitute Tanguy Ndombele, who picked him out with a pass.
The shot deflected off Fernandinho’s boot beating goalkeeper Ederson.
Despite fielding a well organised and resilient team, Guardiola’s men were still unable to find the net, as they missed all their chances including a penalty kick by Gundogan.
A late Reheem Sterling tackle on Dele Alli also saw Mourinho fuming that the player ought to have been sent off and not just cautioned, as indicated by the VAR.
“Park the bus, park the bus Tottenham. Playing football the Mourinho way,” the City fans could be heard chanting, but an unperturbed Mourinho kept beaming with smile, as he knew he had this one in the bag.
With over 18 shots on goal and a 63 per cent possession, however, Pep Guardiola’s men still went down without a goal.
After the match, Mourinho while speaking with newsmen after the match, during his post match interview said; “You could say we got a bit lucky at a couple of moments, but then they should definitely have had a red card and then we would have played 75 minutes against ten men, so….
“I see other situations like the Sterling – Son against Chelsea. For me it is direct red card.
“Man City are a champion. Fantastic team, players, intensity. We don’t have the players to play with the front man who holds it and allows others to come in. We don’t have that, we have to play out only in one way. I think my boys where phenomenal in their effort, which is fantastic because it wasn’t a penalty.
“Bergwijn. So sharp, so skillful and technical for the goal. If I had fresh players I would bring them on but I do not so my players have to go right until the end. That’s what I said to Son.
“It is going to be difficult, honestly, to finish top four. We have trouble, a game in two days.”
An elated Steven Bergwijn who spoke to the press after the match, said: “As a little kid you want to be playing the Premier League, and it was great to score on my debut. I promised my friends once that I would do this when I scored and I have always done it since (he says of his face-covering celebration).”
Tottenham plays Southampton on Wednesday in the FA Cup 4th round.
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