Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling were on the score sheet for Pep Guardiola’s side at Wembley who can secure the title next week against Swansea City if Manchester United don’t lose against West Brom on Sunday.
Christian Eriksen did pull a goal back for the hosts but they were well beaten in the end and left with plenty to mull over from the encounter.
ERIKSEN HITTING HIS PEAK
Tottenham fans have been fretting over Harry Kane and his potential departure this summer, particularly if the club fail to win the FA Cup and end up trophyless again. However, they may also have to struggle to keep hold of Christian Eriksen to his in his prime.
With 14 goals in all competitions this season, the Dane has already registered his most prolific campaign. He also has nine assists in the Premier League and at 26, if he were to make a big move, this summer would be the ideal time.
He’s always been a class act but this season has hit a new level of consistency and is in a particularly rich vein of form with his strike to drag Spurs back into this tie making it five goals in his last four appearances.
MAN CITY’S BAD HABIT
This was always going to be a tough fixture but the Citizens started the better of the two sides and after going 2-0 up by the 25th minute, should’ve been out of sight.
However, in what has become a recurring theme for Pep Guardiola’s side, they conceded against the run of play and suddenly Spurs were right back in it after creating their first chance of the game moments before the break.
They were 2-0 up at half-time in the Manchester derby before Manchester United came back remarkably to win 3-2, despite having only five shots in the game. With the way they started their second leg Champions League quarter-final clash against Liverpool, a comeback should’ve been on. But again, they were hit on the break – twice – and ended up losing 2-1.
KOMPANY BOSSES HARRY KANE
We all know that it only takes Harry Kane one chance to score but clearly Kompany was well aware of that as well. Thanks to the City skipper, Tottenham’s talisman didn’t have a sniff inside the penalty area.
Kane had 18 touches over the course of 90 minutes, that’s less than any other player who started the game and more than only Bernardo Silva, Yaya Toure and Moussa Sissoko who played a combined 24 minutes.
He didn’t muster a single shot all game and his biggest contribution was his pass for Eriksen’s goal but given the ricochet, that won’t even go down as an assist – or perhaps the Premier League will be hearing from Kane and Spurs shortly?
Pep Guardiola’s side extended their lead over second placed Manchester United to 16 points thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling at Wembley.
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 Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Here are our Spurs player ratings:
Hugo Lloris – 3: Rash tackle to concede the penalty even if the contact may have been just outside the area. Parried Jesus’ shot into Sterling’s path who tucked away the rebound.
Kieran Trippier – 5: Was made to run back towards his own goal first by Leroy Sane and then Sterling. Didn’t get a chance to influence the attack.
Davinson Sanchez – 4: Was beaten by Jesus’ runs in behind a couple of times. Did get a crucial touch on Sterling’s effort later on though.
Jan Vertonghen – 6: A battling performance peppered with several key interventions. Tried to force a few killer passes through as well.
Ben Davies – 5: Horrendous tackle on Kompany and then a heroic block to deny Sterling later in the game.
Eric Dier – 6: Was a formidable presence in midfield and a huge part of Spurs’ brief revival in the second half.
Mousa Dembele – 6: Combined power and grace like only he can but couldn’t have enough of an impact on proceedings.
Erik Lamela – 5: Plenty of trickery at times but needed to get his head up quicker. Wasteful in promising positions.
Dele Alli – 5: Some neat touches but not his best display in a Spur shirt. An ultimately disappointing outing.
Christian Eriksen – 7: Tremendous again, dragging his side back into the game with his goal. Was the home team’s best player.
Harry Kane – 3: Completely anonymous. Didn’t have a sight at goal and was bossed by the City centre-backs. Out of form and out of luck.
Son Heung-Min – 5: Replaced Lamela in the 64th minute and didn’t have an impact.
Lucas Moura – 6: Came on for Dembele in the 73rd minute and was a bright spark. Made a couple of decent runs and finally worked Ederson.
Moussa Sissoko – N/A: Barely had any time to make an impression, good or bad.
Manchester City‘s miserable run of form was brought to an end with a 3-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley.
Raheem Sterling then won a penalty which was converted by Ilkay Gundogan before Christian Eriksen pulled one back for the hosts at the end of the first half.
However, Sterling tucked away a rebound in the second half to make it 3-1 to the visitors.
Here are our City player ratings:
MANCHESTER CITY (3-4-3)
Ederson – 5: Unlucky with the ricochet for the goal. Didn’t have a save to make until Lucas Moura’s late effort from range.
Kyle Walker – 6: Industrious performance against his former side.
Fabian Delph – 6: Ran his socks off and did well to keep Lamela quiet. Didn’t offer much going forward.
Aymeric Laporte – 7: Assured performance at the heart of the defence.
Vincent Kompany – 8: Another commanding display at the back. Played an exquisite ball over the top to assist Jesus for the opener. Kept Kane on a short leash.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7: Some unbelievable touches and passes from the Belgian.
David Silva – 7: Matched De Bruyne’s class and tested the keeper with a shot in the first half.
Raheem Sterling – 7: The most threatening player on the pitch and could well have had a hat-trick but his finishing let him down.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6: Kept the ball well and scored the perfect penalty.
Gabriel Jesus – 7: Excellent finish for the opener but completely fluffed his lines when presented with a similar chance in the second half. His shot produced the rebound from which Sterling scored.
Leroy Sane – 6: Hit the upright with a cracking volley in the opening exchanges but that was his best moment of the match.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6: Replaced Sane in the 64th minute and steadied the ship.
Bernardo Silva – N/A: Came on for Jesus in the 76th minute.
Yaya Toure – N/A: Saw out the final couple of minutes.