Ilkay Gundogan. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)
Manchester City powered seven capabilities sure on the tip of the Premier League on Saturday as Ilkay Gundogan’s double inspired a 3-0 comprise shut that piled stress on Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, whereas Liverpool’s complications mounted after a unsafe 3-1 defeat at Leicester.
Pep Guardiola’s facet stretched their English high-flight document scurry to 16 successive victories in all competitions.
They are unbeaten of their perfect 23 fits and watch odds on to lift shut the title for the third time in one of the best four seasons.
Manchester United can shut the gap to five capabilities if they beat lowly West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, nonetheless City will restful defend a sport in hand to give a enhance to their grip on high region.
Tottenham had been no match for the pink-hot leaders on a freezing evening on the Etihad Stadium.
The most fresh clash between obsolete competitors Guardiola and Mourinho was a mismatch from the moment Rodri build City forward.
Gundogan has been the significant man throughout City’s winning stride and he performed off Tottenham with two ruthless strikes.
Since City perfect lost — at Tottenham in November — they’ve climbed from 13th situation and overturned an eight-point gap to Mourinho’s males, who had been high on the time.
“It was effectively deserved. We now possess a special technique to play and we are in a position to proceed. Strive and wait and see and light,” Guardiola acknowledged.
Tottenham possess now lost five of their outdated six fits in all competitions.
Amid Mourinho’s awkward rifts with Gareth Bale and Dele Alli, there would possibly perhaps be a rising feeling Tottenham’s season is spiralling out of defend an eye on.
They are languishing in eighth situation, four capabilities adrift of the tip four.
“A current team in opposition to a truly drained team, nonetheless we hit the post and going 1-0 would possibly perhaps well give us the gasoline you’d like,” Mourinho acknowledged.
“A team that is now not united would hand over and would possibly perhaps perhaps be punished nonetheless I saw guys love Kane, Davies, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg giving all the pieces.”
City who went forward in the 23rd minute after Hojbjerg tripped Gundogan with a trailing leg.
After Gundogan made it three penalty misses for City this season of their thrashing of Liverpool perfect weekend, Guardiola had hinted Ederson would possibly perhaps perhaps purchase their subsequent one.
City’s keeper did start transferring in direction of the Tottenham space for a moment after the problem on Gundogan, nonetheless he was sent aid and as an alternative Rodri stepped up to power the region-kick previous Hugo Lloris.
Gundogan struck five minutes after half of-time as his shut-differ attach eluded Lloris’s obsolete tried set.
The in-attach German midfielder wasn’t performed yet and in the 66th minute he sprinted onto Ederson’s lengthy kick, gave Davinson Sanchez a subtle nudge and swivelled away from the stumbling defender sooner than firing previous Lloris.
Gundogan’s 11th purpose in his perfect 12 league video games came with a stressful coda alternatively as he limped off injured quickly after.