If Tottenham Hotspur wanted to pull off a victory, they needed to get off on the right foot, which they did. Four minutes into the match, Dejan Kulusevski took a pass from Son Heung-min and opened the scoring.
The 21-year-old also assisted Harry Kane’s game-winning that gave the north London club the victory and all three points. After the match, manager Antonio Conte spoke with the media at his press conference, where he talked about Kulusevski’s performance.
“For sure, Kulusevski played an amazing game. He’s only 21 years old, but despite this, he has good experience, because when you play with Juventus, you have to manage a lot of pressure in Italy. He’s a good signing for us. He’s strong physically, good technically,” Conte said, per Football.London.
“It’s very difficult to speak about only one player. Sonny was fantastic today. Harry (…) I think to speak about Harry’s performance, what can I tell you about him? (Laughs) He was fantastic. But the two midfielders, the defensive line, the keeper, it was good. The people that came in from the bench. For sure, when you win against Manchester City, it means you played a perfect game.”
Kulusevski still has plenty to improve on what is his best match with Tottenham this early into his stint. The young forward did lose possession of the ball on 38 touches and won three of 13 total duels, per Sofascore.
Nonetheless, the Sweden international is showing flashes that he will contribute to the squad, and the adjustment period to the Premier League might not take as long as some might think.
Tottenham hopes that Kulusevski continues to have this form to help their chances of fighting for a top-four position.