"We always try to be aggressive from the beginning," said delighted Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. "Our aim is to be focused from the beginning. You can win a game if you're ready to fight. It was massive to be up early in the game. "Three more points puts us in a very good position to fight for the top four. I'm sure new signing Lucas Moura enjoyed that a lot."
FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth Three second-half goals in sixteen minutes from Wilson, Stanislas and Ake secure a massive win for Eddie Howe's side at Stamford Bridge#CHEBOU pic.twitter.com/jbJd8uXWgu— Premier League (@premierleague) January 31, 2018
The painful defeat for United realistically ends any lingering hopes they may have harboured of catching runaway leaders City. Mourinho signed Sanchez this month to bolster his attacking options but Spurs caught the visitors cold at a packed Wembley, Eriksen opening the scoring from the kick-off following a long ball from inside the Tottenham half. The goal, timed at 10.48 seconds, was the first United have conceded in 2018 but despite some bright moments of their own they were 2-0 down just before the half-hour after Phil Jones lashed the ball into his own net. Tottenham, who announced the signing of Moura from Paris Saint-Germain shortly before kick-off, were a constant threat and had multiple chances to stretch their lead.
Was the 2-0 win over Man Utd Spurs' best ever home performance at Wembley? pic.twitter.com/SQvFPH5yz4— Goal (@goal) February 1, 2018
"In the end we played against a very good team. Both goals were ridiculous goals." Pochettino's men were further buoyed by the defeat for Chelsea, who fielded only Pedro up front, showing their need for more firepower. Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Nathan Ake scored the goals for Bournemouth. "We have to accept it's a bad result and understand that we have to fight this season -- if someone didn't understand this they don't understand football," said Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. "Football is not simple."
"After kick-off, it's ridiculous!" Mou was flabbergasted that his side could concede just 11 seconds into their game at Tottenhm pic.twitter.com/OH105nlNxf— Goal (@goal) February 1, 2018
He said the signing of Giroud would not necessarily solve the club's problems in front of goal. "In the past with a striker we have chances and still don't score," he said. "I think now is not the right moment to speak of the transfer market for me. It's not important, it's important to work and do best with my players." It was business as usual for Guardiola's City, who handed a debut to £57m-pound ($80m, 65m euros) defender Aymeric Laporte, who only signed for the club from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday.
If Conte says it, it must be true!https://t.co/ePqunI4yZf— Goal (@goal) January 31, 2018