Tottenham 2-0 Man City: Five talking points as Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso seal win

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Tottenham claimed a huge result in their hunt for the Premier League title on Saturday as they defeated Manchester City by a single goal.

Spurs took the lead inside five minutes through Son Heung-min, who latched onto a clipped ball over the top from Tanguy Ndombele and dispatched coolly underneath Ederson to hand his side a dream start.

Aymeric Laporte thought he had equalised for City just before the half-hour mark, finding the net with a sweet strike, but it was chalked off by referee Mike Dean for a handball in the build-up after a VAR review.

Pep Guardiola 's side huffed and puffed for large periods of the match, with Spurs happy to sit deep and invite pressure.

The hosts were rewarded for their defensive efforts when Giovani Lo Celso added a second with 25 minutes left to play, slotting home from inside the area after being introduced as a substitute just seconds earlier.

Here are the five biggest talking points from Saturday's crunch Premier League encounter…

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1. Son enjoying form of his life

Son celebrates his early goal against Manchester City
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Son's form in the Premier League this season has been nothing short of brilliant.

His first-half strike to put Spurs in front took his goal tally up to nine for the season.

He came close to adding another goal contribution eight minutes later when he squared the ball for Kane to tap into an empty net, but the England skipper's strike was disallowed for offside.

Son is a hugely important member of the squad and has proven that he can make vital contributions in the biggest games.

Jose Mourinho will be hoping he can stay on top form for the remainder of the season if Spurs are to maintain a serious title fight.

2. VAR denies Laporte equaliser

Referee Mike Dean ruled out Laporte's goal after a second viewing via the pitchside monitor
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Another moment of VAR controversy took centre stage during the first half of the match.

Laporte's strike was initially given as a goal, but Gabriel Jesus was adjudged to have handled the ball during the build-up play and the goal was overturned.

Replays failed to provide much clarity over whether or not the ball made contact with the Brazil striker's arm.

The decision marked a second moment of controversy involving VAR in three weeks.

Patrick Bamford saw his goal for Leeds United against Crystal Palace ruled out before the international break as officials decided his outstretched arm was in an offside position.

3. Aguero named on City bench

Aguero was injured against West Ham United in October
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Sergio Aguero made a much-anticipated return to City's matchday squad as he was named on the bench alongside England pair Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.

The Argentinian striker had not played since last month's draw at West Ham United after suffering a hamstring injury.

However, he was not called upon by Guardiola during Saturday's match.

Meanwhile, Sterling had been nursing a calf injury on international duty while Foden was not selected to start despite scoring twice for England against Iceland in midweek.

Guardiola told Sky Sports before the match: "I decide for the players. He [Sterling] trained one day, the last week. He has a special physicality, he's not perfect perfect.

On Aguero's inclusion on the bench, he said: "All clubs need important players, when Sergio is fit, as a striker, he's amazing."

4. Spurs pass vital test in title challenge

Tottenham's players congratulate Son on his early goal
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Mourinho will be delighted with his side's performance that saw them conquer a side that, along with Spurs, will surely be among the contenders to win the league this season.

The title race appears to be wide open with a number of teams showing strong early form, and Spurs will believe that they have every chance of securing a first domestic crown since 1961.

A title-winning side needs to dig deep to beat the best teams in the league as well as those nearer the bottom.

The north London outfit have proved that they are capable of just that and will take confidence from overcoming a tough challenge against, despite their recent Premier League form, one of the world's top club sides.

5. Mourinho wins latest battle with rival Guardiola

Mourinho and Guardiola have a long-standing rivalry
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Mourinho's defensive tactics were crucial in deciding the result of Saturday's match.

Once they had gained an early lead, Spurs sat deep in typical Mourinho fashion and soaked up a huge amount of pressure from City, who were largely dominant throughout.

Despite their efforts Guardiola's men could not find the breakthrough and were condemned to their second league defeat of the season.

Mourinho's trademark defensive style never fails to draw criticism from fans and rivals alike, but Saturday's performance shows it could be a useful weapon for the Portuguese boss once again this season as he aims to lead Spurs to domestic glory.

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