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Five things we learned from the Premier League

16 April 2018

However, City continued their pressing game and soon they got a result to show for it as Spurs goalkeeper, Lloris tripped Raheem Sterling just at the edge of the box in the 24th minute. Sterling did well to get into great goalscoring positions, stretching the Tottenham defence, and though he did miss a couple of easy chances, he scored the third and exorcised some of his demons from the previous weekend, when his profligacy in front of goal was one of the reasons his side lost to United.

Christian Eriksen pulled one back for the Lilywhites on the stroke of half time to make it 2-1, but Pochettino was left to reflect on a disastrous opening 25 minutes where Tottenham couldn't cope with the visitors and found themselves two behind.

It was a move more likely to have been made by Jose Mourinho, not Guardiola, but after those painful defeats against Liverpool and United - and the manner by which they occurred - the City manager chose to deploy the handbrake and it was the right move at the right time. Similarly, the second goal resulted from a swift counter-attack that eventually saw Hugo Lloris come way off his line and foul Sterling to concede a penalty (although contact happened outside the box), which was dispatched easily by Gundogan.

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.

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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.

City are coming off the back of an emotionally draining week that saw them lose three consecutive games in seven days. "For him, for the boys, it's fantastic and today he certainly didn't look like he doesn't want to score in the next few games". Alternatively, they only require one win from their remaining five games to guarantee glory. That's the advantage they had.

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).

Sane nearly scored City's third goal on 29 minutes only to be denied by Davinson Sanchez who raced back to block the German's effort.

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For weeks it has been a case of when, rather than if, City win the title and it is nearly certain to happen within the next week. They took four points off of Guardiola's side and finished above them in the league. I will be so happy and I will celebrate but I think United will win.

Speaking after the game, and quoted on the Sky Sports website, the Spurs boss said: "There's nothing to worry about".

Pochettino added: "The most important thing is to accept sometimes during the whole season it will go for you and sometimes it will go against you, so I will not complain".

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Five things we learned from the Premier League