Manchester City on brink of title after victory

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The Citizens are just one victory away from being crowned champions of England while defeat for Mauricio Pochettino's side means they are in for at least a testing final few weeks to secure Champions League football next season.

The opener then came from a move not usually associated with a Guardiola side - with a long ball from Kyle Walker launched into the path of Gabriel Jesus, who outpaced Davinson Sanchez before netting in the 22nd minute.

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.

"This wasn't a week to think about records, we don't give it too much importance".

Gundogan netted three minutes later from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rashly tackled Sterling on the edge of the area.

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"We needed a big turnaround and from the beginning we started strong".

Just like against United last weekend when a 2-0 half-time lead disappeared in 16 minutes, City threatened to let another promising position slip away when Christian Eriksen brought Spurs back into the game just before the break with a bit of fortune when Aymeric Laporte's clearance ricocheted off the Dane and past the helpless Ederson. "They put us under pressure but we started well", Sterling told Sky Sports News after the match.

The opportunity was there for Kane to add to his tally of 25 Premier League goals and catch Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot, and in turn get people talking about an actual goal he scored rather than his embarrassingly successful goal claim recently to the Premier League. Despite wins over United, Liverpool and Arsenal at Wembley, they were outplayed and outsmarted by City on the night.

The foul was committed outside the box, so the decision to award a penalty was incorrect, but Lloris was ultimately fortunate not to be sent off by referee Moss for the foul.

After the miss, both teams quickly introduced new players to their sides - as Erik Lamela made way for Heung-Min Son in a tactical substitution, while Nicolas Otamendi replaced Leroy Sane to beef up the defence line.

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David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne were phenomenal in midfield, pulling the strings and directing traffic every minute of the game, helping their team get into better attacking positions.

Sterling converts the loose ball from Jesus' powerful strike which Lloris earlier parried to ensure the Etihad Stadium outfit increase the scoreline to 3-1 after 72 minutes.

But Pep Guardiola's side was back in fine form to see off fourth-place Tottenham. Dele Alli nearly got the second goal but he was challenged by a Manchester City defender as the host continued to probe further for their second goal.

It ended a 14-game unbeaten run in the league for Tottenham that began after losing at City in December.

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