Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino couldn’t hide his delight after seeing his side comprehensively beat Man City 2-0 at White Hart Lane.
The win maintains Spurs’ unbeaten record and leaves City’s perfect start to the season in tatters, and Pochettino was left in no doubt about the potential significance of the victory.
“It was a great, great victory for us against this opposition. I am very happy,” he told BBC Sport.
“Sometimes when you have a plan, it is good, sometimes less so, but Manchester City are a great team. It is difficult to play against them. We need to follow this after the international match and we have more tough games after the international break.
“The belief and faith in the way that we work needs to be consistent from the start of the season and we need to concentrate that all the way tot eh end of the season.”
One black spot on an otherwise perfect day for Spurs was an on-pitch spat between Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela over who would take a second half penalty, with the latter eventually winning out only to fail to convert.
Pochettino, though, was keen to downplay the incident: “It happens in all teams. Everyone can miss a penalty. We will analyse, it but it is not a big issue.
“The collective performance was strong. It is too early to take this into the table yet. We are still creating our philosophy.”