Manchester City wins against Tottenham and takes a giant step towards the title

Manchester City wins against Tottenham and takes a giant step towards the title
Manchester City wins against Tottenham and takes a giant step towards the title

The match: 0-2

If there was any doubt, it was removed from the first minutes of this Tottenham-Manchester City: Spurs played the match to win it and Rodrigo Bentancur lit the first fuse, with a powerful slammed strike by Ederson (6th). The Londoners, 5th in the Premier League, still had the hope of coming back on Aston Villa (4th) in the race for the Champions League and this objective prevailed over the will of the majority of their supporters, who wanted to see them lose against the Citizens in order to deprive their enemies Arsenal of the title of champion of England.

Organized in a very compact block, dominant in midfield and efficient in pressing on each ball release from the Mancuniens, Ange Postecoglou’s men put those of Pep Guardiola in difficulty by depriving them of possession before the break. But despite their solid performance, goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario had to pull out all the stops against two flashes from Phil Foden (16th) and Kevin De Bruyne (47th). And against the flow of the match, following a loss of the ball by Spurs and a Mancunian transition, the Belgian made the difference with a perfect cross for Erling Haaland (1-0, 51st).

The match then became more complicated for Spurs, first because Postecoglou lacked solutions on the bench, unlike Guardiola, but also because the audience at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium began to celebrate this score, since he marked the end of the title hopes of Arsenal, the historic rival.

After suffering a head shock, Ederson was replaced by Stefan Ortega in the Mancunian goal (68th), which caused a period of uncertainty, but the German goalkeeper was decisive in front of Dejan Kulusevski twice (71st). , 80th), and above all by winning a hot face-to-face with Heung-Min Son (86th). Manchester City then obtained a penalty thanks to Jérémy Doku transformed by Haaland (90th + 1), then defended their advantage fiercely, as if it were a final. And that was a bit the case, because the title, their 6th in the last seven seasons, is now in their arms: they will just have to beat West Ham at home on Sunday.

The player: Haaland clinical

Everyone knows that Erling Haaland doesn’t need fifty chances to score, but his ratio against Tottenham wasn’t bad at all: two strikes, two goals. When De Bruyne showed up to cross, shortly after the break, the Norwegian made the perfect move into the area to touch his first ball inside 16 meters and push it into the empty goal (1-0, 51st). Little found otherwise, rather prominent in defensive work, the former Dortmund striker achieved the essential by scoring his 26th goal of the season in the Premier League, probably the most important, then the 27th on a penalty at the very end match (90th + 1), to seal the fate of the Championship.

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