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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: Final Score 4-1, Blues destroy Spurs at home

SIXTEEN STRAIGHT!!!

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Manchester City continued their unstoppable run of victories with a 16th consecutive Premier League win. The Blues destroyed Tottenham Hotspur for 90 minutes on their way to a dominant 4-1 win at Etihad, and they’ve now dominated every Top 6 side in the league this season. What a team.

FIRST HALF

The Blues were dominant to start the game, pressing Spurs high up the pitch and using possession well when they had the ball. Leroy Sané tormented Kieran Trippier and constantly created chances, and when he won a corner 14 minutes in he found the head of Ilkay Gundogan for the opener.

After the goal, though, City couldn’t maintain the same pressure and Tottenham slowly began to grow into the match. They had trouble finding spaces inside the City defense, though, and their only chance came when Harry Kane found a way to take a shot out of nowhere and nearly hit the bottom corner.

The final minutes were open and intense, with a few hard fouls and half-chances for both sides. It was a fun ending to a very good half for the Blues, but they could have gotten at least one more goal to have a more comfortable lead at halftime. Still, winning 1-0 against Spurs is good.

SECOND HALF

Tottenham were better in the second half, keeping a lot of possession and forcing City to defend deep inside their half. But the Blues were very organized without the ball, and when Spurs were able to find a chance Ederson was there to stop everything.

Spurs became increasingly frustrated by City’s solid defending, and both Harry Kane and Dele Alli should have been sent off for two incredibly dangerous tackles on Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.

The referee kept both players on the pitch, but that wasn’t a problem for City: after a very quick counter attack De Bruyne doubled the Blues’ lead with a powerful shot that Hugo Lloris couldn’t control. De Bruyne then won a penalty to make it 3-0, but Gabriel Jesus hit the post and Sterling had an awful miss on the rebound.

City would score the third shortly after, when another beautiful team move ended with Sané giving Sterling a tap-in. Sterling scored another when Eric Dier made a horrible mistake and gifted Raheem another tap-in and City’s fourth goal. Christian Eriksen scored a consolation goal for Spurs, but the game was more than over.

It’s now 16 wins in a row for City, and another top team has looked mediocre against them. They’re unstoppable, and the Premier League title race could be all but over by now.


City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan (Foden); Sterling, Agüero (Jesus), Sané (Bernardo)

Goals: Gundogan (14’), De Bruyne (70’), Sterling (80’, 90’)

Spurs: Lloris; Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies); Eriksen, Dembélé, Winks; Alli (Sissoko); Kane, Son (Lamela)

Goal: Eriksen (92’+3)