Manchester City 4 Gundogan 14′, De Bruyne 70′, Sterling 80′, 90′
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Eriksen 93′
Another stunning performance by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side saw his side move 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League standings with a 4-1 victory over Spurs at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, but that lead could be back down to 11 points should their cross-city rivals United beat West Brom in their Sunday lunchtime game.
City, was without their star man from midweek in David Silva, as the Spanish wizard was absent for personal reasons and saw Ilkay Gundogan coming into the side. For the visitors, they welcomed back England International Dele Alli to their line-up, as the North London side aimed to become the first side in the league this season to beat the runaway leaders at current.
The home side went ahead thanks to a stooping header by Ilkay Gundogan on 14 minutes, as the midfielder was left all alone to head home from a Leroy Sane corner and have an inquest between the Tottenham players on just how he was left open and who was marking the City man.
Kevin De Bruyne then picked out Sergio Aguero out on the left side and had the Argentine running into the visitor’s penalty area and firing a shot on goal, but his effort was palmed away by Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal and saw Raheem Sterling picking up the rebound and then blazing over the bar.
Tottenham struggled to create much that resembled a meaningful attack for much of the first half, but when they did it came from an effort by Harry Kane as the England man tried to curl his shot in at the far corner and saw Ederson beaten all ends up, but thankfully for him and the home side it went past the post.
Minutes later it saw the visitors threatening again, as this time the home side needed to be alert at the back after Danny Rose put a little ball in behind the City back line and saw Ederson reading the danger immediately and had the keeper running off his the line to gather it up. In the dying moment of the half, it saw Ilkay Gundogan then trying his luck from long-range and had Lloris able to make a comfortable save.
The second half saw the visitors lucky to have eleven men still on the pitch after Harry Kane made a poor challenge on Raheem Sterling that was late and forceful and potential to be a leg breaker on his England teammate. The Tottenham man was shown a yellow card for the ‘challenge’ and then soon after saw his fiercely struck shot being saved Ederson, as the Portuguese keeper got a strong hand to push it out of play for a corner.
City’s Belgian wizard in Kevin De Bruyne saw weaving more magic, as his attempted ball for Gabriel Jesus was just slightly taken off course by Eric Dier in the Tottenham defence, as the touch just did enough to put off the Brazilian striker at the last minute.
The home side, could and should have made it 2-0 on 66 minutes, when Leroy Sane picked the ball up on the wing and then made a trademark cut-in from the left and saw the German shooting on goal inside the Spurs penalty box and was denied by the outstretched left hand of Lloris and saw Sterling yet again failing to put in the rebound.
Dele Alli then escaped a clear red card after an awful over the ball tackle on Kevin De Bruyne, and on another day the Spurs and England man would have been heading for an early shower. As it was, he stayed on the pitch but it would be De Bruyne who would have the last laugh, as the Belgian ran took a pass and then a fired into the net through the keeper and past the attempts of Lloris who got a hand to it, but couldn’t keep it out.
In the 75th minute, it saw City awarded a penalty after De Bruyne was brought down inside the area by Jan Vertongen and saw Gabriel Jesus being given the responsibility for the spot kick, but the Brazilian saw his penalty coming back off the woodwork into the five yard area and see Sterling putting over with the rebound.
The hosts had Spurs on the back foot with a quick break up field, as Ilkay Gundogan played another nice ball, this time for Leroy Sane, and the German set up Raheem Sterling at the far post after Hugo Lloris had come off his line and made it a simple tap in for 3-0 and gave the home side an extra cushion.
Substitute Bernardo Silva then nearly put City four-nil up on 85 minutes, when another inch-perfect pass by Kevin De Bruyne picked out the Portuguese midfielder on the far side and saw Silva having his effort tipped onto the post by the Spurs keeper. Sterling then had a chance to score his second of the game with a rising shot that needed Hugo Lloris to just tip over the bar, but also saw the other side of the Tottenham keeper minutes later.
Following his fingertip save moments before, the French keeper for Tottenham then made a poor error that was capitalised on by Raheem Sterling as he made it 4-0 when a ball forward by Bernardo Silva got the smallest of touches by Eric Dier as last man and saw Sterling allow it go through the leg of the oncoming Lloris, and have the City man rolling the ball into an open net to just salt into the wounds.
There wasn’t too much that the Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino could do and just saw the Argentine boss stood arms folded and watch on as his side was picked apart in the second half of play.
The visitors had the final say in the match, as a Fernandinho clearance seemed to strike the hand of Christian Eriksen but the Danish midfielder ran at the City defenders and then shot across the are with a low drive that was out of reach for Ederson and gave the visitors a late consolation goal.
When the full-time whistle came, it had Pep Guardiola’s men making it 16 league games unbeaten this season and also 21 home games without defeat since Chelsea last beat them at the Etihad Stadium coming back in early December of 2016.