City rebounds to rout Spurs


Echoes of last weekend's defeat to Manchester United might just have spurred City forward as they went in search of a third.

Manchester City now is one win away from the Premier League title and Saturday's match was a crucial step towards that goal in addition to re-instituting the good vibes that have surrounded this team for the whole season last week aside.

Despite completely dominating the first-half, there were some nervy moments as Tottenham got back into the match until Raheem Sterling scored City's decisive third. Overall, I though City's attack was much more direct than we are used to seeing.

City need just one more win - or a defeat for second-placed Manchester United in their game with West Brom tomorrow - to be confirmed as champions after a fine display at Wembley that saw us complete the double over Mauricio Pochettino's side in style. An exciting finale to the 2017/18 Premier League season beckons...

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

True champions dig deep in tough times and Manchester City did just that to put themselves on the brink of the Premier League title.

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. It's been a tough game for us. That's the advantage they had. "Today we scored the goals and defended better and we deserved to win it".

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.

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).

For weeks it has been a case of when, rather than if, City win the title and it is nearly certain to happen within the next week. These guys are fantastic, awesome - they are incredible.

Guardiola admitted he will not watch United's game on Sunday, though he does not expect them to slip up against the league's bottom-placed club.

We've seen this positioning from Pep many times this season but it felt more forced against Tottenham than it normally does.

"It's been the story of our season, 70 percent possession, 1-0, lots of chances and then you wonder how you lose the game", said manager Arsene Wenger afterwards.

"[Against Tottenham] we had to be a little bit stronger mentally especially because it was off the back of an amount of bad events so I'm really happy with the result and the response".