Danny Murphy explains why this Tottenham are not the ‘Spurs of old’

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Tottenham defeated Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Danny Murphy has explained what really impressed him about Spurs against Manchester City, claiming they are no longer like the ‘Spurs of old’.

Murphy said: “The way Spurs try and win the ball back, they are going to get tired. But what was impressive, at 1-1, is the fact that they didn’t just put everyone behind the ball and try and keep a point - they went to try and win it. Which is not really what you’d expect Spurs of old to do, they’d have hung on for a point. So credit to them.”

Spurs secured a 2-1 win at the Etihad on Sunday, taking the lead through a Harry Kane penalty before being pegged back to tie level.

Kelechi Iheanacho netted the equaliser with a powerful finish, but rather than sitting back to hold on for a point, Tottenham continued to attack.

Mauricio Pochettino made an attacking substitution to bring on Erik Lamela, and it was the Argentine who fed the ball through to Christian Eriksen to score the winning goal.

This goal came from Spurs pressing high up the pitch, winning the ball inside the City half, before they broke with pace to put the ball in the back of the net.

It was a goal which defined this Tottenham team, with their exceptional work rate making them real title challengers, and the victory over City was proof that this Spurs team will not shoot themselves in the foot and contrive to end up outside the top four.

At this moment in time, it would not be farfetched to call Spurs favourites for the title, and if they continue to perform as they are, they will end their long-awaited search for a league title.

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