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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City at Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium Referee : Kevin Friend
29th October 2018 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Tottenham Hotspur

  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘6' Riyad Mahrez


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Jamie Carragher:

"It's a big victory because the teams who think they have a chance of the title – Liverpool and Chelsea – will be looking at this and thinking this could be a game where they drop points. Seven points out of nine away to title rivals. Tottenham were good tonight; City are just better."



"He had a very big heart. I was heartbroken. It was shocking for me to hear this news and for the other people who died with him.

"It's a difficult situation and I am with Leicester and the families of the victims. It's not an easy situation.

"I knew he would have wanted me to play. He was very passionate about football.

"It's difficult but I kept thinking about him. It's been difficult to sleep as well."


Riyad Mahrez:

"It's been very, very difficult for me. It's not easy to hear this type of stuff.

"The boss (Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha) was very special to me. I spent four-and-a-half years there.

"I have many memories of him. He was such a good person; a good human.

"It's very, very, very sad. That's why when I scored, I put my hands up to the sky for him. He did a lot for me and for Leicester.

"It's difficult to speak about it - very sad. He was like a dad for us - very, very special. Believe me, he was such a good person."


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand breathe

We've done it, we've hung on! What a win for City!

Mahrez's early goal enough for the win at Wembley, as the Blues grind out a crucial victory to put us back on top of the Premier League table.

It could have been more... but it oh, so easily could have been less. A win is a win - and it could prove to be a pivotal one in the title race.


What a chance for Spurs!

A HUGE let-off for City, as Lamela blazes over from Dele Alli's through-ball!

You won't believe this, I know... but it bobbled just in front of him in the penalty area!



Another missed chance... this one by Aguero.

Bernardo Silva curls a beautiful ball to David Silva, who then plays Kun through. He cuts inside and shoots but it's easy for Lloris!

Poor by his Aguero's standards!



Frustrating from Walker, who bursts forward but opts to play Aguero through rather than take the shot on himself. The pass is poor and rolls out of play.



How have we not scored there?!

What a chance for City!

Excellent from Mahrez to put Bernardo through. He squares for David Silva, who somehow can't convert from close range but sets up Sterling. Lloris is up quickly to make the save!


Doesn't appear to be as influential as first feared. City still able to move the ball around quickly and effectively. And thank you!



So, a very entertaining opening 45 with chances for both sides.

City perhaps threatening more often in the final third but Spurs carving out plenty of their own opportunities. Ederson has had to be switched on, on a number of occasions.

Walker and Mendy not having the best of games, while Ferna, Bernardo and Sterling continue to shine.

Definitely need a second here... Thoughts?


Super stop!

Brilliant from Ederson, who races out to thwart Kane.

Perfect timing from the Brazilian to dive at the feet of the striker, who had latched onto Lamela's through-ball.


Lucky Blues?

Referee Kevin Friend is being very lenient.

Both Ferna and Aguero could have gone into the book for late challenges but they've been given another chance...


A warning!

Eeeek! Mistake by Mendy sees Sissoko run clear. He drives forward and crosses... but Fernandinho sprints back to clear the danger with an excellent sliding tackle. Superb.


Bernardo blocked

City look so dangerous every time we go forward.

Bernardo Silva the next to try his luck... it's blocked for a corner, which comes to nothing.


Sterling work

Sterling is having a lot of joy down the left. He's causing Spurs all sorts of problems.

He goes in search of a goal to mark his 200th Premier League appearance... but Alderweireld does well to block.


Spurs threatening

Strong response from the hosts, as Trippier forces Laporte to put behind for a corner and Ederson has to be alert to gather Alderweireld's header from the resulting set-piece.


All action!

Phew! Chances at either end since the goal, as Aguero fires into the side-netting and Kane smashes into the stanchion behind the goal.

An entertaining contest thus far!


Get in there!

Brilliant from Sterling, who is quick to latch onto Trippier's backwards header. The winger runs to the near post and cuts back for Mahrez, who slots into the empty net to continue his purple patch!


Bright start

Early venture into the Spurs penalty area for Aguero, but the Argentine is penalised for handball as he tries to worm his way through...


Line-up reaction



(On Spurs as title contenders): "The Premier League is 38 games and every game is tough.

"Tottenham is always tough, especially over the last years.

"They have a good manager with exceptional players. I don't know anyone who has come here, playing Tottenham, and said it was easy.

"We know how complicated it will be. We have to maintain our level and we'll see after the performance of both sides."


Pep Guardiola:

(On whether the pitch will affect the game): "I don't know. We'll see.

"All the players have to play on this pitch. It is what it is.

"We're not complaining. If we could do something to make it better, we would but it's not possible."


Pep Guardiola:

“They play with five at back, sometimes diamond, sometimes 4-2-3-1. They can use it and change again.

"When you know a team does the same thing, it’s easier to control it. They sometimes play Son with Dele Alli, they can change it. You have to be prepared for that. Tactically they are very well prepared.

"When we see their game at Inter in Champions League, they were not worse than opponent. I say they were better. But the competition is special. The numbers are the numbers.

It’s one of the teams I like the most to watch, I learn when I see them.

"They have a young team, good keeper, striker, everything to be there [at the top]."


John Stones:

“We're in a privileged position to be able to wear the gold [sleeve] badge.

“We've got to wear it with pride and know what kind of blood, sweat and tears went into that shirt to get what we all dreamed of and worked nine months of out the year to get.

“I suppose those little reminders of what we are and who we are give us that belief and confidence to go out, play at the highest level and try to keep reproducing it.

"That's the hardest thing, to be consistent as a player and as a team.

“Going back to the 100 points, that’s never been done before and hopefully we can strive to beat it again this season."


Blue Wembley

New Wembley has largely proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Blues - especially during recent history.

So much so that Pep Guardiola’s side will step out in North London for tonight's clash hoping to round-off a perfect calendar year at the venue.

City have already made three trips to the national stadium over the course of 2018… and every time we have returned to Manchester triumphant!


Team news

We'll have team news in just under an hour... Who makes your City starting XI tonight?

Claudio Bravo is of course a long-term absentee with an Achilles tendon injury, while the game is likely to come too soon for Ilkay Gundogan (hamstring).

The Germany midfielder limped off against Hoffenheim in our 2-1 Champions League victory.

Danilo (ankle) is also likely to be absent, having sustained a knock on international duty.


A century and a half!

One goal for Sergio Aguero tonight will lift the Argentine to eighth in the Premier League's all-time goalscoring charts, level with Michael Owen on 150.


London's calling

·         City are unbeaten in six Premier League away matches in London (W5 D1) and have won the last four in a row. We could now become the first non-London side to win five consecutive PL matches in the capital.


Case for the defence

·        City have only conceded one goal in our last seven matches – our best such run under Pep Guardiola. Another clean sheet would set City's best defensive record under Guardiola.



Should Raheem Sterling feature tonight, he will make his 200th Premier League appearance, becoming the fifth player to reach that landmark before his 24th birthday, following in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney, James Milner, Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Barry.


Pep on the Wembley pitch

"It is what it is. I'm pretty sure Tottenham have a good greenkeeper.

"It's not necessary to complain, we have to adapt quickly, try to figure it out. It will not be perfect but we have to adapt and play in that way.

"You take care of yourself properly and focus, knowing that the pitch may not be in the best condition and you have to be more ready than ever."


Hello, Blues!

Huge game this evening. We'll start full coverage at around 6pm. But until then, here's a few pre-match bits and bobs to keep you entertained.