City keeps title chase
16 April, 2018, 12:00 am
LEADERS Manchester City shrugged off a bitterly disappointing week to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday and move to within three points of sealing the Premier League title.
City, who were deprived of wrapping up the title in dream fashion last weekend when they lost at home to Manchester United and were then knocked out of the Champions League 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool on Tuesday, were two up after 25 minutes as they hit back with a vengeance.
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after Vincent Kompany’s long pass opened up Tottenham’s defence.
Ilkay Gundogan slotted home a penalty three minutes later after Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris raced out of his goal and upended Raheem Sterling though television replays suggested his wild tackle was just outside the area.
Christian Eriksen’s goal shortly before halftime offered fourth-placed Tottenham a route back into the game but Sterling lashed home from close range in the 72nd minute to deflate the hosts who had threatened a comeback.
City may well have to wait another week to start celebrating a third title in seven seasons although it could happen as soon as Sunday in the unlikely event of Manchester United losing at home to bottom club West Bromwich Albion.
It could also happen if United lose to Bournemouth in midweek but manager Pep Guardiola said he hoped it could be in front of the home fans against Swansea City next weekend.
“We will try hard to be champions in front of our fans at the Etihad Stadium because they deserve it,” Guardiola said.