Manchester City close in on Premier League title by beating Spurs

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2018

Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham suffered a backlash against a wounded Manchester City in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Wembley Stadium.

Or it could be achieved on Sunday, without playing, if last-place West Bromwich Albion wins at United. In football you always want to compete and win. Though the eventual score was 3-1, City had at least three more good chances to widen the margin, and it was just their inability to find the finish that let them down at times.

Manchester City opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Vincent Kompany played a wonderful ball into the path of Gabriel Jesus, who placed a low shot past Hugo Lloris.

Christian Eriksen's goal on 42 minutes halved the deficit and gave Spurs hope of a second-half fightback, but Raheem Sterling confirmed City's victory after netting from close range on 72 minutes.

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'It was very rash by Lloris and Manchester City get a break. However, there is added significance to Saturday's clash at Selhurst Park, with both sides looking to secure their Premier League status for next season.

"We congratulate them because they are very close to winning the Premier League and after 14 games unbeaten for us, today was a hard game to play". Combined with the second-half collapse to rival Manchester United last weekend, things were about as dismal as they could be for a team with a 13-point lead in the Premier League.

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But it is undeniable that the 26-year-old is feeling the heat after a long season and the losers could be Belgium in the World Cup.

Man City: Ederson (8), Walker (7), Kompany (8), Laporte (6), Delph (6), Gundogan (8), D Silva (7), Sterling (8), De Bruyne (7), Sane (7), Jesus (8).

Manchester United (-475) had some starters nicked-up during the recent global break, but it has won its last four home matchups, while Swansea City (+1300, draw +500) has generated little offense on the road all season. "Today I tried to take my time, got around the goalkeeper and the defender blocked it".

Pep Guardiola's side are facing some issues with injuries and suspensions ahead of the Spurs game. "We have got five finals to play, after that we will see".

A two-goal lead was in peril at Wembley against opponents starting to take advantage of the soft centre at the heart of City's defence.

While it was a clear foul, the contact appeared to be made just outside the area, yet, to Tottenham's fury, Jonathan Moss awarded a penalty that Gundogan slotted home easily.

Sterling's misses preceded City's fall from grace against United and his was the greatest relief of all when, having inexplicably dallied with the goal at his mercy in the 71st minute, he slammed home the rebound after Lloris brilliantly denied Jesus.

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