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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium

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Etihad Stadium Referee : Michael Oliver
20th April 2019 12:30 PM (BST)
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘5' Phil Foden
  • 0 Tottenham Hotspur

#mancity

Commentary By Caroline Oatway

15:25

Over and out... ๐Ÿ‘‹

Righto, that's all from me.

I'd love to say it's been a pleasure to report on today's action but in truth, at times it was flippin' torturous!

Still, a win is a win and my word, how it was needed. Today, we took a HUGE step towards the Premier League title.

The lads displayed incredible character to bounce back from Wednesday night's set-back.

We go marching on... COME ON, CITY!!!

15:23
15:06

Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"That win was very important for the race for the Premier League.

"We know that if we drop points, we cannot fight to he end. If we pick up pints, it's in our hands.

"The last days were tough for us. Today, in the sunshine, it was a tough day.

"We had a tough game. I give more credit for this game than the previous ones we've had this season.

"In 24 months e have shown character. After last season -100 points - we have won two titles and we are in the FA Cup Final and can win the Premier League.

"The team have been incredible. They don't have to show me they have character.

"Spurs are an incredible team. We felt incredible pressure and we lost Kevin. They had no pressure - they could not lose anything. We could have lost the Premier League.

"We have won ten Premier League games in a row. It's not bad!"


15:01

Pep Guardiola (on Kevin De Bruyne's injury) ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I don't know. I didn't speak with him or the doctors.

"It was something muscular, which is normal after injuries and three or four games of a lot of minutes with no preparation.

"Maybe he will miss the four games and the FA Cup Final. I don't know how big the impact is.

"We will see tomorrow but I think for the next game, he will be out."

14:50

Foden ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I look up to the players around me, channelling off them.

"We knew what today was about. We've played them twice already recently.

"We gave everything today. You could tell we looked a bit leggy but we got the job done and that was the main thing.

"Just before the game, Pep told me I was starting. It was a bit of a surprise but I'm always ready for whenever it comes. I'm happy to help the team.

"We know we have to win every game to win the Premier League. We're taking it one by one.

"A few of the lads will be watching Liverpool tomorrow. I will. We'll see what happens."

14:42

Phil Foden ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"It still hasn't fully sunk in. It was my first Premier League goal so it will stay will me forever.

"Kun did really well to head it back and luckily, I was on the line to head it in.

"I'm really happy to have taken my opportunity and help the team get the win.

"I like to get in the box and score goals. Today, it paid off."


14:36

What a man ๐Ÿ’™

Bernardo just gave his Sky Sports Man of the Match award to Foden, asserting that the youngster "deserves it more."

Incredible.

14:35

More from Bernardo ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"There was maybe a little bit of anxiety but there is always nervousness with the pressure of fighting for the Premier League.

"We felt the atmosphere and felt the support. It was amazing once again today, like it was on Wednesday.

"We have to thank the fans. Without them, it's impossible to fight for the title or win these kinds of games."

14:33

Bernardo ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"We knew after the game on Wednesday against Tottenham that we wanted to give a response, especially here with our fans.

"We wanted to keep the title alive and that's what we needed. It was a great game for us but very difficult.

"We didn't have much time to rest and it was really warm outside.

"It's a great win. We got three points and now it's onto the next one against United, which will be a very difficult game.

"There are four games to go and we want three points from them all."

14:25

OH MY WORD.

HOW TOUGH WAS THAT?! IS EVERYONE OKAY?!

City hang on for a crucial three points to move back top of the Premier League table!

Phil Foden the matchwinner. What a moment for him - his first Premier League goal - but more importantly, the goal which puts City another step towards the title.

Open
93'

Yellow card

Sterling and Vertonghen go into the book for a tussle at the corner flag.

The tension is unbearable... Can see why tempers are flaring.

91'

Easy does it

Sterling wins a free-kick in Spurs' final third to take the sting out.

The City fans are on their feet.

"WE'RE NOT REALLY HERE!" rings around the Etihad...

81'

Just breathe.

City under the cosh at little. Spurs piling on the pressure.

Moura with a snapshot, which fortunately lashes well over.

Everyone okay?

68'

Calmness personified

Cool as you like from Laporte, who sniffs out the danger with Son lurking again, and plays the ball out to put City on the attack once more.

The ball find Sane at the other end, but he drives just wide.

Open
65'

Woah

Aguero attempts a scorpion kick from Bernardo's cross, which bounces just wide. Improvisation but unfortunately, it didn't quite come off.

Open
62'

Over the bar!

Gundogan whips in a decent delivery to the backpost for Laporte but he couldn't direct his header down and the ball flies over and into the stand!

60'

Margins

Definitely need a second goal here.

That penalty claim just proves how quickly a game can change with one moment.

Not that we need reminding!

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Analysis

A mixed opening 45, which started well but has since seen Spurs create chance after chance. The play has of course, been marred by that injury to De Bruyne.

Tottenham have certainly had the better openings since City took the lead and will wonder how they haven't managed to level.

As was the case on Wednesday night, they look threatening every time they've gone forward and Ederson has had to be on his toes on several occasions to preserve our clean sheet.

City struggling to create openings since Foden's effort. Hope the blow to KDB won't have an effect on the rest of the team, although it is obviously a huge concern as we enter the climax of the season.

Need a Pep talk at half-time!

45'
37'

Oh no...

Concerning... De Bruyne is being forced off with an injury. Looks to have rolled his ankle with that shot.

He looks absolutely devastated.

32'

Oh aye, Alli?

Alli just produced an outrageous piece of skill to escape the attentions of four City men.

Just prior, he'd megged Bernardo as well.

You want to hate it... but sometimes, you have to appreciate it.

Easier to do so when you're leading 1-0!

Open
27'

Off-target!

Aguero rises to head Sterling's cross across goal towards the far corner but this time, he can't direct his connection to its intended destination and the ball bounces wide

23'

Phil good ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Foden has been in the thick of everything so far, pressuring the Spurs midfield at every opportunity and with success.

Like a little Mancunian bee, buzzing around. Love it!

18'

Penalty shout?

Shouts for a spot-kick, as Bernardo goes down under pressure from Vertonghen...

There was contact but not much. Referee waves it away.

Open
14'

Big save! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Brilliant again from Ederson, who races out to block Eriksen's effort.

Worrying that Spurs managed to get in behind again...

8'

Phew! ๐Ÿ˜…

Another crazy opening - but exactly what we needed!

City had dominated the early exchanges before that Son chance, and we responded excellently with a brilliantly-worked goal.

That's got the crowd going. We're showing what we're made of!

5'

What a start! โšก

His first Premier League goal!

Bernardo clips a gorgeous cross to Aguero at the far post. The Argentine heads the ball back across to put it on a plate for Foden to head home!!!

GET IN!

12:29

Out they come! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Here we go again...

The teams enter the pitch from the tunnel to a sea of blue and white flags.

Once again, the atmosphere is buzzing. Every game bears crucial significance from now on.

COME ON, CITY!

12:23

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11:50

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No side has won more points in Premier League games between the โ€˜big sixโ€™ this season than City (19), while only Manchester United (6) have won fewer points than Spurs (7).

11:43
11:37

Club Journalist David Clayton:

"City make three changes from the team that started against Spurs on Wednesday night.

"John Stones, Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko all return, with Vincent Kompany rested, Benjamin Mendy not fully fit and David Silva dropping to the bench.

"The back four sees two changes with Stones slotting in alongside Aymeric Laporte in the centre and Zinchenko returning from injury at left-back.

"Foden joins Kevin De Bruyne as the central midfield pairing with Ilkay Gundogan continuing as the anchor in front of the defence.

"Raheem Sterling could start on the left flankโ€“ as he did with great effect on Wednesday โ€“ and Bernardo on the right โ€“ but donโ€™t be surprised if itโ€™s vice-versa or changed during the game.

"Sergio Aguero captains the side as he looks to add to his 30 goals for the campaign."

11:26

Sunshiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine โ˜€

Can we just take a moment to talk about this Manchester weather?!

I don't really know what's going on but there are no clouds and the sky is this weird blue colour. Also, it's really hot. It's amazing.

I mean, I'd heard legends of this 'summer' thing but I never imagined I'd experience it in the flesh.

Might have to actually take off my parka coat.

11:11

ICYMI: Fixture change ๐Ÿ“†

City's penultimate Premier League fixture of the season has been moved from Saturday 4 May to Monday 6 May.

It is the Blues' final home fixture of this unforgettable campaign and was originally scheduled for a lunchtime kick-off on May 4 at 12.30pm.

Now, City will take on the Foxes on Monday, 6 May at 8pm and the game will be screened live on Sky Sports.

11:04

Sergio Agueroโ€™s next Premier League goal will mean he will have scored 20 or more in six seasons. Only Alan Shearer (7) has more.

Agueroโ€™s next league hat-trick would see him pull clear of Shearer's treble record and ensure the Argentine will become the outright all-time leader with 12.


10:54

Did you know...? ๐Ÿค”

City have won our last three Premier League matches against Spurs and are looking to equal our competition best run of four successive wins against the north Londoners.

None of our last 25 Premier League matches have ended level - the longest current run in the competition. The Champions have won 21 of those matches, including each of the last nine.

Pep Guardiola's men need three goals to break the top-flight record number of goals scored by an English club in all competitions in one season (157).

10:51

Team news ๐Ÿ—’

Pep Guardiola provided an update on Oleks Zinchenkoโ€™s fitness in Friday's press conference, with the Ukrainian sidelined with a leg injury since the Premier League win over Cardiff.

He explained: โ€œOn Thursday, he made part of training. The guys who didnโ€™t play on Wednesday trained really well, as always.

โ€œIn Saturdayโ€™s line-up, we will see in terms of selection. We saw each other on Thursday and spoke with each other, congratulating each other for the game on Wednesday.

โ€œWe will see how the people recover [in Friday's training session]. We have to be careful mentally and physically."

10:39

Another huge game looms, as we look to take another step towards the Premier League crown.

Five more wins will secure back-to-back titles, and six will clinch an historic domestic treble!

Pep Guardiola has demanded a Champions' reaction from the midweek European disappointment so expect our boys in Blue to have fire in their bellies!

Three points are an absolute must. COME ON, CITY!

09:56

It's matchday! โšฝ

Anyone else got dรฉjร  vu? ๐Ÿค”

It's City v Tottenham Hotspur once again, as we lock horns with the North Londoners for the second time in a matter of days!

It's a 12:30pm BST kick-off at the Etihad Stadium and as always, we'll have all of the match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction so stay tuned!

We'd love to hear from you too. How are you feeling ahead of the game? Let us know on Twitter using #cmoncity!

Other games that day

  • West Ham United2
    Leicester City2
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  • Bournemouth0
    Fulham1
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  • Huddersfield Town1
    Watford2
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  • Wolverhampton Wanderers0
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
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  • Newcastle United3
    Southampton1
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As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 34 +57 85
3 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +29 67
4 Arsenal 33 +26 66
5 Chelsea 34 +21 66
6 Manchester United 33 +19 64
7 Watford 34 0 49
8 Leicester City 35 +1 48
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -1 48
10 Everton 34 +2 46
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
13 Bournemouth 35 -13 41
14 Crystal Palace 34 -6 39
15 Burnley 34 -18 39
16 Southampton 34 -17 36
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 -21 34
18 Cardiff City 34 -33 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14
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