Tottenham made light of the absence of unsettled Harry Kane to start the Premier League season with a win over champions Manchester City and their £100m man Jack Grealish.
Kane – heavily linked with a move to Manchester City – sat out this pulsating encounter, but Pep Guardiola wasted no time in throwing in his British record signing from Aston Villa.
It was Son Heung-min who gave new manager Nuno Espírito Santo the perfect start to his reign with a low shot that snaked beyond Manchester City keeper Ederson 10 minutes after the break.
Spurs fully deserved their win as they survived a shaky opening phase to play with real purpose, already showing signs of the Nuno trademark with fierce defensive discipline allied to pace on the break.
Grealish had a quiet debut, being shown a yellow card late on, and it was actually Spurs who had the best opportunity after Son’s goal, only for Steven Bergwijn to shoot wide when clean through.
City had fleeting opportunities but rarely tested Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris as they looked rusty in contrast to the sharpness of their opponents.