Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Full-time at Wembley Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City

Full-time at Wembley Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City

But after weathering a Spurs storm at the beginning of the second half, Guardiola went against the grain and made a defensive substitution by replacing winger Leroy Sane with centre-half Nicolas Otamendi.

Buoyant after being victorious against defending champions Chelsea, Tottenham will be looking to take advantage of a wounded Manchester City whose weaknesses have exposed by their counterparts in Manchester United and Liverpool.

Guardiola will be determined to ensure that is the case, with the Catalan coach having endured a rare blip of late which has delivered three successive defeats across all competitions.

If United draw the race would also effectively be over as City would be 15 points clear with a maximum of 15 available to Jose Mourinho's team, who have a vastly inferior goal difference. That is not a situation to change the game too much. Fatigue has unquestionably caught up with his players, whose blistering early-season form was sapping on energy, both physically and mentally. A glaring miss thereafter was unable to overshadow a ridiculous piece of skill from "player of the season" contender Kevin De Bruyne to set up the Englishman.

'I am happy in the way we behaved, Sometimes it's against you but you have to accept it as part of the game'.

"But the mental toughness of this team is unbelievable".

The action was just as furious at Selhurst Park with all the goals coming in the opening 34 minutes, including a first-ever league double for Palace's Wilfried Zaha.

City will be crowned champions on Sunday in the unlikely event of rock-bottom West Brom beating Manchester United, but glory will be there's regardless if they beat Swansea City next weekend. Liverpool's bold approach has contrasted to most when faced with the might of City's attacking arsenal and Jurgen Klopp has been rewarded with three wins in four meetings with the runaway Premier League leaders this season. "That's not bad odds for us".

"That's why winning next week, hopefully we will, it will remain in our hearts forever".

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.

- City need 11 goals (2.2 per game) to break the 103-goal record, held by Chelsea (2009/10).

So there are still targets to achieve, but the first one, the priority, is to wrap up the title. "After what happened and how the people reacted, these guys are fantastic".

'We know what we have to do [to match them] but of course we are working in different way of them, ' said Pochettino. It was so good. An exciting finale to the 2017/18 Premier League season beckons... "I have three days off and tomorrow I have golf. It's just the competition and trying to win, that's what I enjoy".

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