Manchester City jumped back to the top of the Premier League after a narrow 1-0 win over Tottenham at the Etihad on Saturday.
Guardiola’s side were looking for a measure of revenge against Spurs after their Champions League elimination in midweek and started the game off in perfect fashion as youngster Phil Foden headed in his first Premier League goal in the fourth minute of the game.
Spurs looked lively on the break throughout with Ederson denying Heung Min Son and Lucas Moura on a handful of occasions as Pochettino’s charges pushed for an equaliser.
The Champions held on however to pick up a massive win in the title race. Here are 11 quickfire conclusions as Manchester City edge past Tottenham at the Etihad.
1) Manchester City started this game in a lively fashion and looked keen on revenge from the off. Phil Foden did excellently to score his first Premier League goal after just four minutes and he continues to look as though he’ll be a real prospect over the next few years.
2) To their credit though, Spurs looked dangerous on the attack and the pace of Heung Min-Son was a massive issue for Manchester City . Ederson was sharp to save from the South Korean on a number of occasions, with Laporte and Stones struggling to cope with Son and Lucas Moura.
3) On Ederson, he has been the perfect addition to this Manchester City side. His range of passing for a goalkeeper is incredible and he started off a number of dangerous attacks for his team.
4) The loss of Kevin De Bruyne, however, could be massive for Manchester City in the closing stages of the season. The Belgian has had an injury-hit campaign but looked to be finally finding his form in the last few games.
5) Given the pace of both Son and Lucas Moura, it was unusual to see goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga look for short passes and clipped balls out to full-backs as opposed to over the top for runners. Gary Neville was highly critical of him in the first half and he certainly had a point, although his save from Sterling the second period was excellent.
6) On the same day he was nominated for both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year, Bernardo Silva was one of the finest players on the pitch. The Portuguese was threatening and lively in attack while still working hard for the team out of possession. An exceptional player.
7) Juan Foyth the young Argentine defender was given the unenviable task of marking Raheem Sterling on Spurs’ right and despite some early struggles he looked quite solid against one of the league’s finest, leaving the England international no choice but to drift further in-field, and he was eventually moved to a central position.
8) There was a certain irony to Spurs not getting a penalty that certainly would have been given had VAR been in operation. Kyle Walker’s handball was clear on the replay and could have been a huge moment had the referee spotted it.
9) Spurs grew into the game and as City failed to grab a second, they became more and more confident with the champions’ back four struggling to cope with any balls up to Tottenham’s attacking players.
10) With Raheem Sterling up top, Guardiola’s side struggled for an out ball in the last ten minutes, a striker to hold the ball up and take the pressure off an under the kosh City.
11) They held on however and Guardiola will look at this as a massive win in the title race. It was incredibly important for City to bounce back from the disappointment of their Champions League exit in midweek and in Spurs they have negotiated one of the trickiest tasks left in their season.