FULL-TIME, Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City: What a response from the Blues after the bad losses last week. We dominated one of the best teams in the Premier League (again) and won a big game at Wembley (again). We can now win the title against Swansea City next week, and it looks like we’ll do that.
GOAL! Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City (Sterling 72’): BIG GOAL FOR THE BLUES! After missing an unbelievable chance in front of goal, Raheem Sterling finally redeems himself and buries home the third after Lloris stops a shot from Jesus. It’s 3-1 with 20 minutes to go at Wembley, and we’re looking good here.
HALF-TIME, Tottenham 1-2 Manchester City: Fantastic game of football, this one. The Blues dominated the first 40 minutes and got two goals to show for it, but Spurs showed their strength and put themselves in really good position for the second half. Two of the three best teams in the league are going at it, and this game is super fun so far. Let’s hope the fun continues and City get the win.
GOAL, Tottenham 1-2 Manchester City (Eriksen 42’): Spurs are back in this game, and they’re really lucky to score. Christian Eriksen made a great run and tried to score but Aymeric Laporte made a fantastic block, however the ball ricocheted off his left leg and went it. Spurs do not deserve a goal, but they scored anyway. Oh dear.
GOAL! Tottenham 0-2 Manchester City (Gundogan 25’): IT’S TWO FOR THE BLUES! Lloris fouls Raheem Sterling inside the box, and Ilkay Gundogan buries the penalty with ease to double the leaders’ lead. GET IN!
GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City (Jesus 22)’: WHAT A GOAL FOR THE BLUES! Vincent Kompany makes one of the passes of the season, a PERFECT 60-yard bomb over the top to Gabriel Jesus, who finds himself alone in front of goal and beats Hugo Lloris for the opener. City have played incredible football so far, and they have a deserved lead.
KICKOFF! Tottenham 0-0 Manchester City: Look, as long as you win tonight, give me all the heart attacks you want, boys.
PRE-MATCH NOTES: Pep Guardiola doesn’t fool around with his selection and picks his strongest possible team. Vincent Kompany and Aymeric Laporte start together for the first time, and I personally think this could be the best center-back pairing at the club if no more signings are made. They have to be good on the pitch to confirm my theory, but I’m confident in it.
There are no surprises elsewhere, with Fabian Delph back at left-back now that he’s fully healthy and Ilkay Gundogan starting in place of the suspended Fernandinho. With no Sergio Agüero in the squad, Gabriel Jesus is once again the main forward alongside Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané.
Mauricio Pochettino also selects a strong team with no surprises. The only small shock is Érik Lamela in place of the in-form Heung-Min Son, but Lamela has been really good lately so it’s hard to criticize the Tottenham manager for his choices. Plus, you have the pace and scoring ability of Son on the bench and that’s a scary thing. Speaking of benches, our is not really that good, with only Bernardo Silva and maybe Phil Foden able to change the game. Let’s hope the starters do the job early so the subs come in to maintain a result instead of trying to turn it around.
Starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Delph; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sané
Bench: Bravo, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Touré, Foden, Brahim, Bernardo
Starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembélé; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane
Bench: Vorm, Aurier, Sterling, Wanyama, Sissoko, Lucas, Son
It’s Premier League Saturday! Let’s try to forget what happened last week and start a new positive week that will lead us to the title with two victories, shall we? I know it’s hard, but Pep Guardiola will do it. The players will do it. We have to do it as well.
We have a chance to be champions next Sunday against Swansea City at home, but the only way that can happen is if we beat Tottenham Hotspur tonight. I know, it’ll be REALLY, REALLY hard, but we destroyed Spurs the last time we faced them and they might just be comfortable with their place in the Top Four and might not be as focused on this game as they prepare for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
Plus, City just have to respond to the last three losses with a strong performance and a win at Wembley, and I trust this team and the man that coaches this team to do it.
Competition/Round: 2017-18 Premier League, Matchday 34
Date/Time: Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 7.45pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Referee: Jonathan Moss
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