21 Apr Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Match Report, 20/04/2019, Premier League
Manchester City edged closer into the Premier League title as they avenged their European departure to Tottenham by beating them 1-0 on Saturday.
Phil Foden scored his first Premier League goal as Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Etihad Stadium to bounce straight back from Champions League heartbreak and proceed a step closer to keeping their national crown.
Spurs ended City’s European experience on Wednesday despite losing 4-3 at a contentious and thrilling experience in the Etihad, however they were not able to dent the winners’ title defence as Pep Guardiola’s men clinched a measure of sin.
A fun first stage saw only the 1 goal despite many chances at both ends, with Foden — which makes just his second top-flight beginning — starting his Premier League accounts at the fifth second, although City did shed Kevin De Bruyne to harm.
Spurs were aggrieved not to be given a second-half punishment and that finally proved critical as City held on into the slim victory, carrying them back over Liverpool into the Premier League’s summit before Wednesday’s trip to Manchester United.
Even though Spurs began by heading through Son Heung-min, City took an early lead as they failed in midweek, Foden nodding in later Sergio Aguero led a Bernardo Silva delivery back across goal.
Spurs responded nicely as Christian Eriksen analyzed Ederson and Aymeric Laporte needed to earn a last-ditch tackle to deny Son, but City seemed purposeful in assault and should have won a penalty when Jan Vertonghen delivered Silva tumbling from the 20th moment.
City continued to rise as the first half progressed, however they dropped De Bruyne to that which seemed like a knee injury just before the break, handing Spurs a boost.
Proceedings were after the period, although City might count themselves fortunate not to concede a spot-kick — Kyle Walker apparently handling the ball in the box following a Dele Alli movie.
Raheem Sterling must have wrapped up things 19 minutes to go when heading Leroy Sane’s cross goalwards, but Paulo Gazzaniga somehow kept it out with his foot.
That culminated in a anxious ending for City, together with Ederson compelled to thwart Lucas Moura, but the hosts dug deep to secure an essential victory.
3 – Phil Foden is your first player born at the 2000s to evaluate a Premier League target for Man Town, also is their third youngest scorer in the contest total (18y 327d). Chosen. #MCITOT pic.twitter.com/GM3Tns3h76
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 20, 2019
What exactly does it imply? 1 final Key barrier remains
Many people identified two games from City’s run-in which may see them slip-up; Tottenham in the home and off to United. They are now past the initial barrier comparatively unscathed. It’s apparently only bitter rivals United that stand between City along with another consecutive Premier League victory.
Silva shines bright
The ideal participant on the pitch, by some space. Silva always caused Ben Davies issues on that the ideal flank, although his darting runs indoors helped open gaps in the Spurs defence, as was the situation for Foden’s goal. A fine screen.
While there wasn’t much he would have done about the target, Gazzaniga’s overall involvements were otherwise unimpressive, since he strove to over-complicate drama and never seemed in control in the playground.
Crucial Opta details
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– Manchester City have won 25 home games in all competitions this year, the most they have ever won in one campaign and also the maximum by an British top-flight club as Man Utd at 2010-11 (26).
– Tottenham have dropped five consecutive Premier League away games for the first time as May 2004, a streak of six under director David Pleat.
– City have won their past 10 Premier League matches — their longest run since a streak of 18 between August and December 2017, that stays the all-time top-flight record.
– Tottenham have dropped 11 Premier League matches this year, as numerous as they had in their past two campaigns combined (four 2016-17, seven 2017-18).
What is next?
Things don’t get much simpler for City since they confront the brief visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday. Spurs host Brighton and Hove Albion the afternoon before.