Manchester City takes EPL title battle to Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane at Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino said Harry Kane has been 'hurt' by the criticism he has received for claiming a goal at Stoke Credit afp

When it happens City will have not only dominated the PL "their way" but they have also developed that winning mentality and toughness to continue to succeed.

Within eight minutes of tightening up at the back, City broke forward and scored a third through Raheem Sterling, who had move more central.

At Wembley, they once again raced ahead, going 2-0 up before Christian Eriksen's strike shortly before half-time reduced the deficit; the recurring flaw of being unable to hold onto an advantage threatened to resurface against Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Harry Kane has proven himself as one of the world's most clinical strikers and should City's mistake ridden defenders offer the England global a sniff at goal, the Blues could be blown away by the Spurs forward.

Much had been made of Sterling's profligacy before the game, although the winger finally netted to put City in the driving seat after 72 minutes, the England worldwide smashing home from close range after Lloris had originally saved a shot from Jesus. Gundogan does lack the defensive aptitude that Fernandinho has and Pep accounted for this by pulling Fabian Delph into the midfield from his left back position for much of the game.

Erik Lamela's advances at Manchester City's defence were not welcomed as the visitors defenders were on their toes to avoid surrendering their lead the same way they did in their last two games against United and Liverpool.

"But today was a hard game".

But they wasted no time in shutting up their critics and were 2-0 up by just the 25th minute as they cruised to a 3-1 win which ended Spurs' record of 14 games unbeaten.

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Ishan Kishan came in at No.3 and impressed with his batting with a quick 44 in 23 deliveries. The two opening loses made Mumbai tweak their playing XI and also their batting order.

"It's been a tough two weeks for us with five games", De Bruyne said.

But having withstood Spurs' second-half rally, Raheem Sterling's 22nd goal of the season secured the victory which means City can clinch the title at home to Swansea next Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

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). "Today we scored the goals and defended better and we deserved to win it".

This was a great win on the road against a very good team and City made it look relatively easy.

Pochettino added: "The most important thing is to accept sometimes during the whole season it will go for you and sometimes it will go against you, so I will not complain".

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.

"These guys are fantastic and awesome", said Guardiola, who will be on the golf course with his son when United plays on Sunday.

"I am happy with the way we behaved".

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