Tottenham put in a brilliant performance to beat Manchester City on Sunday, putting an end to Pep Guardiola’s 100 per cent record in the Premier League.
Dele Alli added Spurs’ second goal, but he was forced to make an apology to one of his teammates after the game.
Tottenham were two goals up inside the first half in the game at White Hart Lane, Aleksandar Kolarov inadvertently diverting a cross into his own net inside the opening ten minutes before Alli converted from 12 yards out after an excellent pass by Heung-Min Son just before the break.
The win brings Tottenham within just a point of City at the top of the Premier League table, and leaves them as the only team in England’s top division with an unbeaten record.
The result also puts Tottenham firmly in the title race, beating the league’s best side on paper, and there is certainly the feeling that they could build on last season’s third place finish.
So why was Alli forced to apologise after yet another wonderful performance? For failing to fulfil a promise.
The former Wimbledon midfielder said sorry to Harry Kane for not dedicating his goal to the striker. Alli said: “After he (Kane) got injured I said I’d do a celebration for him but emotions took over.”
Kane is currently out with an ankle injury picked up a fortnight ago against Sunderland. He will miss next week’s international matches as a result, with manager Mauricio Pochettino still to specify how long the 23-year-old will be out for.
It seems unlikely that Kane will be too angry with Alli for failing to dedicate his goal to him, especially given the position that the result leaves Tottenham in the Premier League.
The pair will be hoping to be celebrating again in two weeks time when Spurs play West Brom.