Man City Edge Closer To Premier League Title

Man City Edge Closer To Premier League Title

Man City Edge Closer To Premier League Title

League leaders Manchester City travel to Tottenham Hotspur to get their momentum back on track after suffering three defeats on the trot.

Elsewhere, Manchester United have a doubleheader this game-week as they face West Brom on Sunday and Bournemouth on Wednesday.

A week ago, after losing 3-2 in the derby having relinquished a two-goal lead, there was doom-and-gloom around the Etihad Stadium and that misery was compounded three days later by City's Champions League quarterfinal exit against Liverpool.

Tottenham was the more aggressive team in the second half but failed to break down the Man City defence especially when they shifted to a back five.

"At this level, when you play a team like Manchester City, from the beginning to the end you need to compete at your best level".

But the Spaniard believes leading City to the title would rank among his finest moments.

Sterling scored his 17th league goal of the season to give Pep Guardiola's men a 3-1 win at Wembley. "We need to do our thing and hopefully we can finish it off next week".

De Bruyne, a player-of-the-year candidate and arguably the driving force behind the title charge, admitted after this game that better defending and resilience were important following a hard run.

After sweeping through most of the season in regal fashion, City had crashed down to earth with a bump over the last 10 days.

City were the last team to beat Spurs in the Premier League, way back in December, and Pochettino says they will be worthy winners.

Three minutes later Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris sent Raheem Sterling flying although replays suggested the contact was just outside the area.

Taking a shot at critics who slammed City's recent blip, Guardiola said: "People said it was a big failure last week". It's much more important what these players have done. "It's incredible. They have been unbelievable".

They are already all-but assured of Champions League qualification for 2018-19, but still have work to do in order to get over the line. "We did it.we nearly did it!"

The Blues trailed to goals by Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek at St Mary's but Olivier Giroud came on as a 61st-minute substitute to spark a stunning turnaround with his first goals for the Blues.

Vincent Kompany's long pass caught Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez flat-footed and Jesus made him pay as he raced clear to fire past Lloris.

"They had three defeats in a row". The referee pointed to the spot, however, and Gundogan rolled home the kick. It was so easy for them. He struck from close range after Gabriel Jesus' shot was parried.

But they moved within touching distance of the title in the 72nd minute. We have to win it at home.

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