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PLAYER RATINGS: Phil Foden continues to produce the big moments and Son Heung-min pumps up his lines… but which Spurs duo only scored 5/10?

Manchester City regained their place at the top of the Premier League table, taking a two-point advantage over Arsenal, after Erling Haaland scored twice to give Pep Guardiola’s side a 2-0 win over Tottenham on Tuesday evening.

For Spurs, the defeat meant they would now miss out on qualification for next season’s Champions League, with Aston Villa five points clear of Ange Postecoglou’s side in fourth place, with a game in hand .

A cautious first half saw both goalkeepers called into action, with Guglielmo Vicario making a sensational save to deny Phil Foden’s strike. At the other end of the pitch, Ederson denied Spurs an opener after Brennan Johnson forced his way into the Man City box before firing a shot towards the bottom right corner of the goal, which the Brazilian kept at the gap sensationally. He would later be replaced after suffering a head injury in a sickening collision with Cristian Romero.

Spurs were ultimately undone by poor defending, with Kevin De Bruyne breaking free on the right side of the penalty area, before delivering a brilliant pass in front of goal, which Haaland gratefully tapped away. The Norwegian striker would come back to score from the penalty spot later in the second half to seal the 2-0 victory.

Mail Sport’s Jack Gaughan delivers his player ratings from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Phil Foden stood out once again as Man City returned to the top of the Premier League.

Phil Foden stood out once again as Man City returned to the top of the Premier League.

Erling Haaland (bottom) scored twice to help his side secure a 2-0 win over Tottenham

Erling Haaland (bottom) scored twice to help his side secure a 2-0 win over Tottenham


Guglielmo Vicario – 7

Two stunning saves, first denying Phil Foden at close range, then a reflex save from Kevin De Bruyne.

Pedro Porro – 5

I never looked particularly comfortable all night. Not his usual progressive self in the offensive zones. Gave a late penalty.

Cristian Romero – 5

Such a weak challenge in a 50-50 against Foden contributed to Erling Haaland’s goal in the 52nd minute. Far from being strong enough.

Radu Dragusine – 6.5

Although ultimately offside, a huge headed clearance appeared to be a big moment in his Spurs career. Well managed the runners.

Micky van de Ven – 6

The centre-half was operating on the left and it showed, with the caught Dutchman gravitating to the middle to provide space.

Guglielmo Vicario denied Phil Foden from close range with a superb first-half save

Guglielmo Vicario denied Phil Foden at close range with a superb first-half save

Radu Dragusin (right) handled City's runners well and showed his defensive qualities tonight

Radu Dragusin (right) handled City’s runners well and showed his defensive qualities tonight

Cristian Romero (right) was responsible for Erling Haaland's (left) opening goal in the 52nd minute

Cristian Romero (right) was responsible for Erling Haaland’s (left) opening goal in the 52nd minute

Rodrigo Bentancur – 6

A first strike stung Ederson’s palms. A huge moment where he opted for a bad pass while Spurs had men. And did a number on his seat when he was hooked by the manager.

Pierre-Émile Hojbjerg – 7

Horrible clearance attempt for Foden’s first chance, but he set up and posed a physical problem for City.

Brennan Johnson – 7

A threat on the right side for the hosts. Tenacious runner when pressing at the top of the field as well.

James Maddison – 7

Clean and tidy when the hosts wanted to move the ball quickly and it was one that really took the game to City.

Son Heung-min – 5.5

Quite calm, which is a credit to Kyle Walker. A half-chance just after the break stifled by Ederson before a huge chance at the end of the match where he inflates his lines.

Pope Sarr – 6.5

He was asked to make a huge change as a false nine but doubling up with Maddison in midfield. Even caught in central defense at one point.


Dejan Kulusevski (for Bentancur, 55 years old) – 7

Giovani Lo Celso (for Sarr, 85 years old)

Oliver Skipp (for Hojbjerg, 85)

Mikey Moore (for Maddison, 90)

MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)

Ederson – 7

Top early save to thwart Bentancur. Absolutely furious to be substituted after Romero crashed into him.

Kyle Walker – 7

Given north London’s freedom down the right, but decision-making in the final third let him down. Very well defended though.

Rubén Dias – 7

He spoke to City during some difficult periods of the night, which is his main function in these last four.

Akanji Manual – 7

Quietly effective defense seemed to sum up Akanji. With 15 minutes remaining, Johnson seemed absent, but the Swiss relieved him without problem. But it almost cost City dearly late on for Son’s big chance.

Josko Gvardiol – 6.5

He looked like City’s brightest outlet in the first half as they attempted to continue their fine form. It could have been stronger the other way around.

Rodri – 6

Pass completions had fallen to an unusually low 86 percent before halftime. He screwed his head later in the match.

Mateo Kovacic – 5.5

Guilty of not choosing the right option too many times in a match that was faster than expected.

Bernardo Silva – 6

Not Saturday’s dominant performance at Fulham. Much improved after the break, like City as a whole.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5

A very similar theme to his season: seemingly a little off the boil and ending with another assist. That makes 10 in the league in 17 appearances. Ridiculous numbers.

Phil Foden – 8

Producing the big moments again by beating Romero. And then the ball for Jeremy Doku to win the penalty. Energy, cunning and courage. So important for this team.

Erling Haaland – 7.5

Big physical battle to face with Romero. He did it well – again – and made sure he was there to exploit De Bruyne’s cross. Twenty-six in the league then, 27 when he sent the penalty.


Stefan Ortega (for Ederson, 69) – 7.5

Jeremy Doku (for De Bruyne, 69) – 7

Julian Alvarez (for Haaland, 90)

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