As it happened: Tottenham vs Manchester City (1-0)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: The Manchester City, Premier League and Tottenham Hotspur Badges after the announcement that the clubs meet on the opening day of the 2021/22 Premier League season on June 16, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)


18:282 months ago

Thank you!

The Premier League never fails to amaze me. 

I've thoroughly enjoyed providing you this coverage with VAVEL.COM. 

I've been William Furness. 


18:262 months ago

Son shows his true colours

18:232 months ago

What a moment!

18:222 months ago


Spurs see out the game and win Nuno's first-ever game against Man City!

An incredible result for them and an equally poor one for City. 

The Premier League is back.  

18:172 months ago

Four minutes added on

Four minutes left to play. Grealish unleashes some anger by swiping out Lucas and then he gets carded. 
18:162 months ago

88'- Big statement

Spurs fans chant:

'Are you watching Harry Kane?

18:152 months ago

87' - Romero on!

Spurs relaying my last point but subbing on new signing Christian Romero. 
18:132 months ago

85' - Torres now forces save

Torres gets in and forces a low save by Lloris with his foot. 

Spurs look tired and are officially in 'see the game out' mode.

18:112 months ago

83'- De Bruyne shot

The Belgian unleashes a strike from distance but Lloris makes a good save. 

City ramping up the pressure.....

18:102 months ago

82'- Spurs sub

Spurs' best player Tanganga is off for Doherty. 

Must be fitness related...

18:052 months ago

De Bruyne on!

De Bruyne is on for Mahrez. 18 minutes to go - can Spurs hold on?
18:032 months ago

76'- Spurs' first sub

Bergwijn makes way for Lo Celso.
18:022 months ago

74'- Grealish shot

Grealish finds some space on the left-hand side but his shot is met by the palms of Lloris. 
17:582 months ago

68'- Man City sub

Sterling makes way for Gabriel Jesus. 
17:542 months ago

65'- Yellow card for Lucas

A bit of handbags and Lucas gets a yellow for holding the ball after a foul.
17:502 months ago

62'- Good from Dele

Dele has been good - he wins the ball back and sets Lucas free but the Brazilian gets his pass to Hojbjerg all wrong.  
17:482 months ago

59'- Should've been 2!

Another Spurs break!

After a fortunate deflection, Bergwijn is set free but can't quite wrap his shot around Ederson and it hits the side netting. 

It should've been 2-0.

17:452 months ago

57'- The Atmosphere!

The atmosphere is immense. 

Spurs are beating Man City through their Korean star man. 

How will City respond? 

17:432 months ago

54'- 1-0!

Spurs take the lead!!!!!

Son cuts in on his right and curls in a beauty. It's deserved - what a start to the Nuno era!

17:412 months ago


17:402 months ago

52'- Good from Spurs

Spurs have started well. Tanganga finds space and chips in a ball but it just evades everyone. 
17:352 months ago

48'- Lucas drags wide

Reguilon collects the ball and lays it off to Lucas, who takes an early shot but it's dragged well wide.
17:342 months ago

46'- Spurs break

Another turnover. Dele wins the ball and passes it over to the flying Hojbjerg but his cross-shot is cleared. 
17:312 months ago

45'- Second-half.

City get the second-half underway. 
17:212 months ago

Will he change the game?

17:202 months ago

A lot of Tanganga love!

17:172 months ago


An interesting game. 

City starting really well but Spurs grew into the game. Nuno's side look dangerous on the counter-attack. 

City still look capable of scoring any second.


17:122 months ago

39'- Son shot

Tottenham break yet again! Son shifts the ball onto his right and it narrowly misses the post. 

It deflects off Cancelo but the referee gives a goal-kick. Strange again...

17:082 months ago

36'- Erm...

The referee brings Captain Lloris to help him warn Tanganga about his fouls instead of giving him a yellow.


17:062 months ago

34'- Massive Mahrez chance

Sterling beats Tanganga and gets the ball into the box. Mahrez has all the time in the world but scuffs his strike. 

Should be 1-0. 

17:022 months ago

30'- Son squanders again

It's Bergwijn who breaks again and he feeds Son who had a chance to shoot on his left but cuts back but hesitates, again. 
16:582 months ago

27'- Spurs break again

Spurs' counter-attacking is starting to be a problem. This time it's Lucas breaking away well but it comes to nothing. 
16:552 months ago

24'- Off the line!

After an Ederson punch, Lucas' first-time shot is cleared by Gundagon on the line. 
16:532 months ago

23'- Nice from Spurs

Spurs growing in confidence. They have a free-kick in a dangerous position. 
16:522 months ago

20' - Spurs corner!

Hojbjerg does well. He wins the ball and plays it out to Bergwijn who then wins the corner. 

Son's corner is good but it evades everyone. 

16:492 months ago

18'- Spurs have the ball!

Spurs hold the ball for a while and Tanganga wins a free-kick. 

It gets played for Reguilon who wins a corner. 

16:452 months ago

15'- Tough start for Spurs

15 minutes in and City look like the most expensive team ever. 

Spurs are chasing shadows. 

16:422 months ago

11'- Mahrez magic

City look amazing.

Mahrez dances past Dele on the right-hand side but his cross-shot is met by Lloris.

16:392 months ago

8'- Spurs break

Hojbjerg catches Mendy out and frees Son on the right-hand side. 

The South Korean hesitates and passes backwards, only for the move to fizzle out. 

16:372 months ago

6'- Rampant City

Cancelo dances through some pressure in the box but drags his shot wide. 

The ball has only been in Tottenham's half so far!

16:362 months ago

5'- Chance for City

A searching ball into the box is looped in and Lloris rushes out but doesn't get there. Fernandinho heads wide. 


16:342 months ago

4'- Corner.

Skipp makes up for it by staying strong in the wall and heading it out for a corner. 

City applying the pressure. 

16:332 months ago

2'- Free-kick to Man City.

Grealish drives forward well and Skipp dangles his leg out. A really dangerous position just outside the box!
16:302 months ago

0'- Kick-off.

 Tottenham get us underway in North London.
16:272 months ago

Kick-off is imminent

The teams are out and the atmosphere is BOOMING. 

Kick-off is imminent.....

16:232 months ago


16:152 months ago

15 minutes to go!

Only 15 minutes until the ball gets rolling. 

The crowd is growing as is the anticipation!

16:132 months ago

The reigning champions' preparations are underway

16:102 months ago

Big day for Skipp!

16:092 months ago

Warm welcome for Nuno

15:382 months ago

Grealish starts!

There IS a start for Man City's record signing Jack Grealish.

Kevin de Bruyne is on the bench despite reports he wasn't in the squad. 

Phil Foden is out while John Stones, Gabriel Jesus, and Rodri are among those on the bench.

It could be a 'false 9' system again with possibly Torres playing there. You never know with Pep!
15:362 months ago

No Kane and no signings

Spurs are without Kane and all three summer signings are on the bench. 

It appears to be a 4-3-3 shape with Dele playing alongside Skipp and Hojbjerg in midfield. 

A familiar sight for anyone who has watched Spurs' pre-season matches.

15:332 months ago

Man City's confirmed team

15:312 months ago

Tottenham's team!

15:282 months ago

No Kane

15:222 months ago

Well, this is awkward...

A lot of the drama surrounding this fixture takes place off the field, with the Harry Kane saga. 

The England captain's future in North London is a big doubt and City themselves are the club who want to prize him away. 

Will he start? Find out here on


15:172 months ago

Pep's title defence starts here

15:122 months ago

Fresh start at Spurs

15:072 months ago

Man City Team News

City are without Phil Foden due to the foot injury he suffered away with England.

Kevin de Bruyne is also a doubt as a result of the ankle injury he got during Belgium's Euro 2020 quarter-final loss against Italy.

15:022 months ago

Tottenham Team News

There are doubts that Harry Kane will be ready for the season opener given the widespread speculation over his future.

He trained with the squad for the first time on Friday following a five-day quarantine period after returning late from his holiday.

New signings Bryan Gill and Christian Romero could feature. 

14:572 months ago

Ready. Set. Go.

The Premier League is back. 

All eyes will be in North London today, with Nuno's first match as Spurs manager being the easy task of hosting Guardiola's Man City. 





14:522 months ago

Kick-Off Time

This fixture between Tottenham and Man City kicks off at 16:30 on Sunday 15 August at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London. 




14:472 months ago


Hello and welcome to VAVEL's live text commentary of Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City. 

The Premier League is officially back.

My name is William Furness and I will be taking you through this huge Premier League opening weekend fixture.