Man City on the brink of Premier League glory after beating Tottenham

Leslie Hanson
April 16, 2018

While some fans have mocked the England worldwide for appealing for Christian Eriksen's strike against Stoke - upon which he, apparently, got the faintest of touches, to be credited to him, it just shows how seriously he is taking it.

In the week Premier League clubs voted not to introduce the Video Assistant Referee system next season, this was a moment when the controversial replay technology would have been useful.

When the announcement was made earlier in the week, the former Roma winger responded with a brilliant tweet.

The England winger nearly set up a goal-of-the-season contender for Leroy Sane, won his side a penalty and got himself on the scoresheet with the vital third goal to wrap up the points and edge City closer to the title.

Speaking after the game, and quoted on the Sky Sports website, the Spurs boss said: "There's nothing to worry about".

Whether Wenger's 22-year reign in charge continues beyond this season now seems to hang on if Arsenal can get past a side that have reached two Champions League finals in the past four seasons.

- City need 11 goals (2.2 per game) to break the 103-goal record, held by Chelsea (2009/10). Fabian Delph should come in at left-back, at least, till Mendy gets back up to scratch.

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. City still has a virtual lock on the league championship, but would prefer not to keep any doomsday scenarios alive with another loss this weekend.

And indeed, it was a much more even contest after the resumption.

City's hellish week had Guardiola warning his players that "anything can happen" as he recalled other great sporting collapses from seemingly invincible positions. However, this season, City have comprehensively defeated Spurs in both encounters, scoring seven goals in the process and conceding just two.

"Everybody felt it was tough, everybody feels a little bit of tiredness". But they are number nines and it's [easier] for them.

The Blues went looking for the third goal that would surely end the contest and the superb David Silva saw a low drive beaten away, but despite one or two half-chances, Spurs hung on. "We will see at the end of the season".

Pep Guardiola's side headed into Saturday evening's Premier League meeting at Wembley against Spurs on a run of three consecutive defeats and with question marks being asked about their character.

You wouldn't bet against him doing it again, either.

The Frenchman says he was different to his Golden Boot rivals, who he labelled "greedy". In football you always want to compete and win.

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