Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

English Premier League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City 14 April 2018

English Premier League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City 14 April 2018

Christian Eriksen had reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the first half, but City will be crowned champions if United lose to bottom-of-the-table West Brom on Sunday. Three points against City would be critical for that plight.

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

This was the last time Spurs tasted defeat in the league and have been on an impressive run since then beating the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in that time.

City's hellish week had Guardiola warning his players that "anything can happen" as he recalled other great sporting collapses from seemingly invincible positions.

With the title wrapped up without kicking a ball thanks to United's shock defeat, City can reflect on a success crafted completely in the image of boss Pep Guardiola.

The England winger was involved in a footrace with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and the France captain lost out. Ilkay Gundogan converted from the spot to double City's lead.

Most of their goals this season have come with a flourish, but for once City took a more direct approach.

A long ball from Kyle Walker saw Gabriel Jesus outpace Davinson Sanchez to race in on goal and finish coolly.

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. But City did not expect such a present from their enemies.

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. That, and the fact that they overcame the setback of those losses, and put themselves in position to clinch the league easily, bodes well for their future as a team, and shows Pep Guardiola has them making great strides in the right direction and that they would be the team to beat in the Premier League and one of the best in Europe next season as well. Spurs defender Ben Davies received a booking for a similarly ill-judged tackle.

Harry Kane was found offside in the 49th minute, while Eriksen was being troubled by Laporte, who didn't give him all the chance to operate freely.

City regained control after half-time and should have been out of sight as Jesus scuffed badly wide and Sterling fared no better with a woeful close-range miss.

Yet he was full of praise for the way his side tried to fight back against the league leaders after going 2-0 down: "Overall I thought the effort was fantastic from the players, I feel proud and this defeat is not going to change my mind".

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