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Manchester City Set Stage For Potential Title Win Tomorrow With Win Over Spurs

A tumultuous return from the international break for Manchester City has come to an end.

Sandwiched between thumpings from Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final (5-1 on aggregate) was a devastating 3-2 defeat to bitter derby rivals Manchester United despite being two goals up. Of course, that result only delays their inevitable march to the Premier League title, but it was a remarkable collapse.

A difficult trip to Wembley Stadium lay ahead on Saturday night for Pep Guardiola’s stars, but normal service resumed.

Gabriel Jesus got proceedings underway after 22 minutes, just staying onside after a long ball from Vincent Kompany and slotting it past Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

Ilkay Gundogan scored from the penalty spot just three minutes later after a rash approach from Lloris, although it appeared to have taken place outside the box. Spurs defender Ben Davies received a booking for a similarly ill-judged tackle.

Christian Eriksen got one back for the home side just before half time, via a fortunate bounce off Aymeric Laporte.

Raheem Sterling, who, not for the first time, has come under scrutiny, got City’s third in the 72nd minute. A glaring miss thereafter was unable to overshadow a ridiculous piece of skill from ‘player of the season’ contender Kevin De Bruyne to set up the Englishman.

The loss marks Tottenham’s first home defeat in the league since August, and their first league loss since mid December (at the Etihad, no less). Mauricio Pochettino’s side have thrown away their game in hand over Chelsea in fifth, though they do remain seven points ahead of the Blues.

As for City, being a whole 16 points ahead of United means that if the Red Devils lose or draw their home game against bottom of the table West Brom tomorrow, City will be crowned champions. Alternatively, they only require one win from their remaining five games to guarantee glory.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.