Mauricio Pochettino: 'Tottenham Hotspur didn't compete in first 25 minutes'

Mauricio Pochettino: 'Tottenham Hotspur didn't compete in first 25 minutes'

Mauricio Pochettino: 'Tottenham Hotspur didn't compete in first 25 minutes'

Midfielder Dele Alli, who scored in his side's 2-0 win over City in the same fixture last season, felt the matches against the top six sides in the League offers more space for him to exploit.

Having crashed out of the UEFA Champions League competition at the quarterfinal stage last Wednesday, the Citizens stepped up their game to claim maximum points against Spurs, who are in the race to finish among the top four teams ahead of the current EPL champions, Chelsea.

City got off to a lively start and were almost ahead after two minutes when Leroy Sane saw his volley hit the upright. "After what happened and how the people reacted, these guys are fantastic". These guys are fantastic, awesome - they are incredible. We congratulate them because they are close to winning the Premier League. Since then City have faced United, who came from behind to beat them at the Etihad and Liverpool, who did a similar comeback victory.

City will clinch a third Premier League crown since 2012 if United fails to beat West Bromwich Albion or loses to Bournemouth on Thursday.

Pep Guardiola's team outclassed Spurs as goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling earned the champions-elect a deserved three points at Wembley Stadium.

Pep reverted to a more defensive setup in the second half with the lead in hand, bringing on Nicolas Otamendi for Leroy Sane and resetting his fullbacks to standard positioning.

City had a big chance to restore their two-goal lead on 63 minutes after Gundogan found Jesus with a good pass but the Brazilian scuffed his shot from 12 yards.

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The last time Spurs conceded three goals at home in the Premier League was in March 2015 in a 4-3 win against Leicester City. "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".

Mo-mentous: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates his 40th goal of the season on Saturday. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino scored the other two goals.

Mauricio Pochettino's side, on the other hand, was disappointing in what was a great chance for them to cement their credentials as one of the most risky teams in the league.

The last time that these two clubs met in a Premier League clash was back in December. Crystal Palace is even money at plus-1 goals, which conjures up a scenario where they nearly manage to cadge a 0-0 or 1-1 tie.

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.

Swansea City are directly above Southampton after drawing 1-1 at home to Everton.

However, the Gunners now risk the ignominy of finishing the season seventh behind Burnley after a fifth consecutive away league defeat as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle yesterday.

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