Sloppy start against City frustrates Spurs boss Pochettino

Lynette Rowe
April 15, 2018

When Sterling weaved his way towards the Tottenham area, Lloris raced off his line to make a crude lunge that sent the City winger flying.

They eventually broke the deadlock on 21 minutes as Jesus latched on to a long ball from Vincent Kompany before slotting past Hugo Lloris.

If Spurs were to add a fourth reversal to that run, then they would restore a 10-point advantage over Chelsea in the battle for top-four finishes.

Guardiola's switch paid dividends, in that it secured victory and left his team within one win of the Premier League title.

Given City's capitulation against United last week, Tottenham's goal changed the dynamic of the game and the hosts were camped in City's half for the opening 20 minutes after the resumption.

City will be crowned champions on Sunday in the unlikely event of rock-bottom West Brom beating Manchester United, but glory will be there's regardless if they beat Swansea City next weekend.

The Tottenham goalkeeper could not atone for his rashness by denying Gundogan, who coolly converted as he did from 12 yards on this ground in the 2013 Champions League final for Borussia Dortmund.

City also looked like a side running out of gas as they let half-time leads slip away twice in the past week after blistering first-half performances.

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After Sterling missed another fine chance, the England attacker finally got on the scoresheet in the 72nd minute when he rammed home from close range after Jesus' shot was parried to put the champagne firmly on ice. Sterling fired over from eighteen yards, while Kevin De Bruyne was even closer with an angled strike which whistled the wrong side of an upright.

'The most important thing is accept that over the season sometimes it's for you or against you.

The Citizens have recorded a Premier League double over Spurs for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign (under Manuel Pellegrini).

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.

"We will try hard to be champions in front of our fans at the Etihad Stadium because they deserve it", Guardiola said.

"After 15 minutes I said we'd be champions, after what happened and we reacted", Guardiola, who will be on the golf course with his son when United play on Sunday, said.

Gabriel Jesus and an Aymeric penalty handed City a two-goal start before Christain Eriksen reduced the arrears before the break.

However, by conceding eight times in three games, Guardiola's men unveiled a weakness that hadn't been exposed by their Premier League rivals for the vast majority of the season.

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