Tottenham produced arguably the best performance of any Premier League side so far this season against Manchester City this afternoon.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team, who climb to second in the table thanks to their deserved 2-0 victory, played with remarkable energy and tenacity throughout the 90 minutes and outfought Pep Guardiola’s men at White Hart Lane.
But while Pochettino will be overjoyed with his team’s committed performance, there was one incident in the second half that will have concerned the Argentine coach.
Spurs were 2-0 up in the 65th minute when they were presented with a glorious opportunity to put the result beyond doubt.
Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot after Dele Alli was brought down inside the penalty area by Fernandinho, leaving Erik Lamela with the opportunity to make sure of the three points.
Video: Son and Lamela argue over penalty
However, as he attempted to walk over to the penalty spot, he was stopped in his tracks by teammate Son Heung-min.
Spurs’ in-form forward, who assisted Alli’s goal in the first half, was clearly unhappy that Lamela was denying him the opportunity to take the spot kick - possibly because he was determined to keep up his recent goalscoring run. Was the 24-year-old actually meant to take the spot-kick? That remains a little unclear at the moment.
Despite Son’s protests, Lamela stood firm and walked over to the penalty spot with the ball under his arm.
However, the Argentina international saw his spot-kick saved by City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Sky Sports’ co-commentator Gary Neville called it a “huge breach of team discipline” and there’s no doubt that Pochettino will be having words with the South Korea international over the incident.
Reaction on Twitter
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Great afternoon for Spurs
However, this unfortunate incident wasn’t enough to sour what was a fantastic afternoon for the north London outfit.
Last season’s Premier League runners-up appear to mean business again this term.
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