Spurs finished the weekend at the top of the Premier League after a tactically astute 2-0 victory over Manchester City on Saturday. This is the first time they have completed a day at the top of the summit since August 2014.
He sets up a tantalizing clash with Lampard’s Chelsea next weekend, live Sky Sports, with West Londoners also finding a form that catapulted them within two points of Spurs. Chelsea’s fifth straight win at Newcastle extended their unbeaten in all competitions to 12 games and briefly carried them to the top until Tottenham edged them out.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s win over Leicester which brought them level on points with Spurs, Neville said on Le podcast Gary Neville: “I’m excited for next Sunday with Chelsea playing at Tottenham.
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“It’s an interesting season. We thought Chelsea could be interesting at the start of the season as they have a young and exciting squad – it looks like Frank Lampard is starting to get it right. He was always looking for his best team in the first. a few matches to try to get everyone in. There were some players who weren’t in good shape, but now they are and he’s starting to get there. They look pretty strong.
“Is this a season where Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard face each other in a title race? I thought Liverpool would run away with it, but not now, not with Virgil van Dijk’s injury. It is the one that changes the game and exposes them a lot more. “
What happened to Man City?
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola may have signed a new contract, but there are issues to be addressed both in attack and defense at Manchester City, as evidenced by the team’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham.
It may be November, but the bottom half of the Premier League table still contains City, who have scored just 10 goals in eight Premier League games this season – at the same stadium last season, they had some marked 27.
So what is wrong?
“The biggest thing for me is the transition,” Neville said.
“They are not that quick to get the ball back. Teams are more comfortable playing a pass through them and taking a risk. The city was all over you like a rash when losing the ball or just supporting attacks – but it’s less than it was before.
“Ederson doesn’t look so comfortable in goal, he’s making mistakes he wouldn’t have made a few seasons ago. He seems to rely too much on Kevin De Bruyne. Something is wrong.
“Pep seems to be looking for the right combinations. A few seasons ago you could dislodge the team: Sane, Sterling, Aguero, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Kompany – you could tell what was going to happen in every game.
“I no longer have the feeling that the fluidity and continuity are quite there. “