Tottenham Hotspur secured a 1-0 victory over Luton Town to go top of the Premier League table on Saturday despite playing the second-half with ten men.
Yves Bissouma was sent off in the closing stages of the first-half for a second booking after diving on the edge of the Luton box.
However, that did not stop Spurs from leaving Kenilworth Road with all three points, with Micky van de Ven’s 52nd-minute goal handing them a deserved win.
Gary Neville claimed that Tottenham are not title contenders despite sealing a 2-1 victory over Liverpool, but their hard-fought victory against the newly-promoted club made Sky Sports journalist Ben Grounds revisit the subject while covering the game on their website.
“Gary Neville said Tottenham aren’t title contenders,” the Sky Sports man wrote.
“What more must they now do to show they are for real? Top of the league and winning away with 10 men.
“They made heavy work of this. But it’s a win that sends them top for only a 73rd day in the history of the Premier League. It’s over to you Arsenal and Manchester City.”
Bissouma, who has arguably been the best holding midfielder in the Premier League this season, almost cost Spurs after throwing himself to the ground while on a booking in an attempt to con the referee.
However, Ange Postecoglou’s men provided the perfect response in the second-half, and that is what title contenders are made of.
It is still early days as only eight games have been played in the 2023-24 Premier League campaign, but Tottenham can put themselves in contention for the top prize if they keep playing this way for the rest of the campaign.
James Maddison has been consistently brilliant since joining Spurs from Leicester City in the summer, providing the assist for the winner against Luton, and he has what it takes to fire the North Londoners to a top-four finish.
The England international has now been involved in seven league goals at his new club, with his fifth assist of the campaign proving very crucial.
It had appeared that Spurs were going to regret the string of big chances they missed in the first-half after they were reduced to ten men, but some Maddison magic in the box set up Van de Ven and his first goal for his new club earned them maximum points against a largely toothless Luton, saving the day.
Tottenham will remain top of the table heading into the break if Manchester City and Arsenal share the spoils at Emirates Stadium tomorrow, and they should not be ruled out in the title discussions following their best start to a league campaign since 1980.
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