EPL: City beat Spurs, edge closer to title

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City blew the chance to seal the Premier title by losing 3-2 at home to local rivals Manchester United last weekend, and were then dumped out the Champions League at the quarter-final stage 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool in midweek.

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

"After 14 games unbeaten for us today was a hard game to play after three defeats in a row".

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

City were the last team to beat Spurs in the Premier League, way back in December, and Pochettino says they will be worthy winners.

But this time, they seemed more careful at the back, but that didn't stop the hosts too from making a statement in the game as Dele Alli tried a powerful shot from Erikson's corner, but the effort was deflected 8th minute.

City arrived at Wembley licking their wounds having been dumped out of the Champions League four days after Manchester United dramatically denied them the title.

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De Bruyne, a player-of-the-year candidate and arguably the driving force behind the title charge, admitted after this game that better defending and resilience were important following a hard run. It was in that timeframe that they scored their only goal of the night, a neatly taken goal from Christian Eriksen, after being put through by Harry Kane. Alternatively, they only require one win from their remaining five games to guarantee glory. "[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".

City need one more win to bag the Premier League title, and would win it without kicking another ball should United lose on Sunday or at Bournemouth next weekend. City dominated but it took a spectacular strike from Kevin De Bruyne to settle the game.

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

"[Against Tottenham] we had to be a little bit stronger mentally especially because it was off the back of an amount of bad events so I'm really happy with the result and the response".

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.

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".

"These guys are fantastic and awesome", said Guardiola, who will be on the golf course with his son when United plays on Sunday.

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