Tottenham 1 Manchester City 3: Leaders battle back to winning ways

City crowned champions after United defeat

Pep Guardiola says winning the Premier League will be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career after Manchester City moved to the brink of the title with a stylish 3-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

City, who lost both legs of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie to Liverpool and the league deeby to Manchester United in between, raced to a 2-0 lead on Saturday with goals from Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan from the penalty spot.

Harry Kane has proven himself as one of the world's most clinical strikers and should City's mistake ridden defenders offer the England worldwide a sniff at goal, the Blues could be blown away by the Spurs forward.

There was no sign of City's recent troubles as the visitors immediately found their groove and could have led with only three minutes on the clock.

The win means that the title could be sealed on Sunday if United lose at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Sterling teed up Gundogan for a shot that was deflected behind in the 19th minute and Spurs barely left their own half for an extended passage of play following the resulting corner.

Vincent Kompany's long pass caught Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez flat-footed and Jesus made him pay as he raced clear to fire past Lloris.

Lloris beat away a rasping David Silva drive in the 33rd minute but City's level dropped markedly before half-time to allow Spurs back into the contest.

After the break City withstood a period of sustained pressure from Spurs before Sterling hammered in the rebound from Jesus' shot to secure all three points in the 72nd minute.

Kevin De Bruyne's majestic volleyed pass gave Sterling the chance to add a second but he skewed wide with Sanchez in close attendance.

Spurs were unbeaten in the Premier League since going down 4-1 to the champions-elect at the Etihad Stadium in December, but the same opponents put a tough week behind them in style at Wembley. Wilfried Zaha scored two of them and Roy Hodgson's men are now six points clear of the Saints.

"I think against the games against United and Liverpool at home were good".

Southampton looked to be cruising towards a win that would have lifted them out of the relegation places, at least temporarily, after Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek put them two goals ahead.

Three minutes later Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris sent Raheem Sterling flying although replays suggested the contact was just outside the area.

Guardiola admitted he will not watch United's game on Sunday, though he does not expect them to slip up against the league's bottom-placed club.

"We started to play after we conceded the second goal".



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