Man City win at Spurs, take Premier League title home

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

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was proud of the way his side responded against Tottenham to overcome a "tough week" and edge closer to the Premier League title.

Within eight minutes of tightening up at the back, City broke forward and scored a third through Raheem Sterling, who had move more central. Watford has also allowed the most goals at home in the league, so the -120 over on the 2.5 total has good value.

Manchester City will travel to Wembley to face Tottenham today in Matchweek 34 of the EPL hoping to end the trend of losing every game in the past 11 days.

Guardiola said winning his first Premier League title would match anything he achieved at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

But despite the prospect of Spurs - unbeaten in the league since December - inflicting a fourth straight defeat at, City bounced back with a performance of champions to deliver an emphatic reminder of their class and why they are, once again, 16 points clear at the top of the table. Gundogan does lack the defensive aptitude that Fernandinho has and Pep accounted for this by pulling Fabian Delph into the midfield from his left back position for much of the game.

After being beaten by archrival Manchester United a week earlier from two goals up when victory would have clinched the championship, then being knocked out of Europe by Liverpool, some suggested that City were beginning to flag. Tomorrow is one of the toughest games we have. "[Tottenham] didn't have a game for a week and that's the advantage they had, but the mental toughness of this team is unbelievable".

Having scored their first goal of the game, the confidence of the home team grew as ball possession had risen to 42% for the hosts while the away team still maintain dominance but by a slim margin.

An unlikely defeat by Manchester United at home to bottom club West Bromwich on Sunday would secure City's third title in seven seasons, but a win against Swansea next week will be enough to put them out of reach.

Man City: Ederson (8), Walker (7), Kompany (8), Laporte (6), Delph (6), Gundogan (8), D Silva (7), Sterling (8), De Bruyne (7), Sane (7), Jesus (8).

A week after spoiling City's title party, United duly handed the league to their local rivals.

Raheem Sterling, who, not for the first time, has come under scrutiny, got City's third in the 72nd minute.

They are already all-but assured of Champions League qualification for 2018-19, but still have work to do in order to get over the line. I will be happy but I think United will win. They are awesome, they are incredible. "That disappoints us the most", Pochettino told Sky Sports.

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