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Manchester City on brink of title after victory

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium Manchester City on brink of title after victory
Kristopher Love | 16 April, 2018, 06:57

Manchester City returned to winning ways in style as they pulled up an impressive performance at the Wembley Stadium to halt Tottenham Hotspurs' four match winning run in all competitions.

Two defeats to Liverpool in the Champions League with a derby defeat sandwiched in the middle have many people believing City's incredible season could be tarnished.

Manchester United (-475) had some starters nicked-up during the recent worldwide break, but it has won its last four home matchups, while Swansea City (+1300, draw +500) has generated little offense on the road all season.

Much had been made of Sterling's profligacy before the game, although the winger finally netted to put City in the driving seat after 72 minutes, the England worldwide smashing home from close range after Lloris had originally saved a shot from Jesus.

Quoted on the club's website, he said: "When you play against these type of teams - and for me, Manchester City is the best in the Premier League - you can not concede and provide the opportunity for them to play like they played in the first 25 minutes".

"In the game against United I snatched at a few", he told Sky Sports.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were also on target as Liverpool moved three points above Tottenham. We need five points from six games.

However, City continued their pressing game and soon they got a result to show for it as Spurs goalkeeper, Lloris tripped Raheem Sterling just at the edge of the box in the 24th minute. The referee pointed to the spot, however, and Gundogan rolled home the kick. Christen Eriksen scored the first goal for Tottenham in the 42nd minute.

Christian Eriksen had reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the first half, but City will be crowned champions if United lose to bottom-of-the-table West Brom on Sunday.

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.

Luis Suarez gave Barca the lead after a quarter-hour by meeting a delicious outside-of-the-foot pass from former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho, scoring with one touch from close range. "We did not do that in the first 25 minutes".

Ernesto Valverde's side leads nearest challenger Atletico Madrid by 14 points in the standings, with Atletico hosting Levante and fourth-placed Real visiting basement club Malaga on Sunday.

"They were the most consistent team, playing with fantastic players of course and fantastic coaching staff and fantastic manager".

Having seen some of their rivals cut open by City in the early part of the season, teams began to adopt more defensive mindsets against the leaders.

"It's more hard (to win in England)".