Manchester City bounces back against Spurs to edge closer to title

Mauricio Pochetino and his backroom team

Manchester City recovered from a troubled period to put one hand on the English Premier League title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham.

"The most important thing now is to be ready for Tuesday", he added.

After a quiet start to the second half, City could have extended their lead in the 64th minute when Jesus broke through on goal, but the forward fired well wide with only Lloris to beat.

"I'm not concerned, after 14 games unbeaten in the Premier League - our last defeat was to Man city - we lose to the team that is going to win the Premier League".

Having crashed out of the UEFA Champions League competition at the quarterfinal stage last Wednesday, the Citizens stepped up their game to claim maximum points against Spurs, who are in the race to finish among the top four teams ahead of the current EPL champions, Chelsea.

Watford (+125) and Bournemouth (+210, draw +230) are sitting tied for 10th place, so it is imperative for the Hornets to get the win at home.

"We congratulate them because they are very close to winning the Premier League and after 14 games unbeaten for us, today was a hard game to play".

All of Liverpool's prolific front three were on target as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struck either side of Salah's deft header to take their combined tally for the season to 82.

Crystal Palace had been set to drop into the bottom three on goal difference prior to Chelsea's comeback.

Swansea City are directly above Southampton after drawing 1-1 at home to Everton.

Raheem Sterling, who, not for the first time, has come under scrutiny, got City's third in the 72nd minute.

Sterling was not to be denied on 72 minutes when the winger poked home from point-blank range after Lloris did well to keep out Aymeric Laporte's initial strike. The referee pointed to the spot, however, and Gundogan rolled home the kick.

Pep Guardiola's side headed into Saturday evening's Premier League meeting at Wembley against Spurs on a run of three consecutive defeats and with question marks being asked about their character.

Manchester United (-475) had some starters nicked-up during the recent worldwide break, but it has won its last four home matchups, while Swansea City (+1300, draw +500) has generated little offense on the road all season.

"We missed the first 25 minutes", said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side faces Manchester United in the F.A. Cup semifinals next week.

Then David Silva got in behind the defence and picked out Sterling whose shot was easily saved by Lloris.

The attacking football City unfurled in the first half against United and the ferocious intensity they hit Liverpool with before the break in the quarter-final second leg bore comparison to any of their best work this season, as did the restorative 3-1 win at Tottenham.

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