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Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points by beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Rodri gave the hosts a lead in the first half by converting a penalty won by Ilkay Gundogan, recently named Premier League Player of the Month. The German went from supplier to scorer with two strikes; the first was a short, low shot and the second was an excellent long ball shot from Ederson.
Here are five things we learned from the game:
Weak weeping for Tottenham
It is sometimes harsh for criticism to be directed at players for a loss, however Hugo Lloris will surely be disappointed in his performance at the Etihad. The French stopper really should have saved Rodri’s penalty attempt, rather than putting a weak wrist on the ball and directing it towards the leading scorer. It was also unconvincing, as Gundogan doubled the hosts’ lead, eventually missing the German’s shot at the back of the net.
Lloris has certainly saved more points than he has cost the Spurs in his time at the club, but he certainly needs to get back to his best.
Gundogan targeting another gong
After being crowned Player of the Month from the January Players League for his performances throughout the month, Gundogan has continued his impressive form with two more goals at Etihad Stadium. Having obtained a more advanced position, he was in the right place at the right time to double the advantage.
He then showed immense intelligence to get to the end of Ederson’s ball, fool Davinson Sánchez, and score with a great ending. Gundogan has scored more goals than any other Premier League player and it was a great shame to see his evening end with injury.
Rodri the metronome
While a City midfielder was instrumental in the victory with his two goals, one of his teammates, Rodri, was also key. The Spaniard has earned a lot of criticism in his time at the Etihad Stadium, but he set the tone against Spurs.
Of the players who started the match, only Oleksandr Zinchenko completed more passes than the former Atlético de Madrid player. Rodri also had the best passing accuracy rate of the starting 22 players with an exquisite 96% completion rate.
Combine this with your first goal and it was an extremely impressive performance.
Spurs really struggling to create
Since their thrilling attacking performance in the FA Cup at Goodison Park, the Spurs have returned to the same kind of performances fans have grown accustomed to: fighting to create.
José Mourinho’s men had only three shots on target in the 90 minutes and of their last five Premier League games, they have only scored three goals. Considering this is a side that initiates the likes of Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son, that impotence really is damning.
City a free race for the title?
With Liverpool falling in a surprising loss at Leicester City earlier in the day, Jurgen Klopp conceded the title and now it only appears to be a formality for Pep Guardiola en route to another crown.
The Citizens are now seven points clear at the top and still have a game ahead. Only Manchester United could potentially stop the Citizens, but even then, they would have to match the incredible consistency displayed by their close neighbors. City can now be backed at as low as 1/25 with William Hill to lift the title at the end of the season.
City of Manchester: Ederson (8); Zinchenko (6), Piedras (7), Laporte (7), Cancelo (7); Rodri (8), Gundogan (8) (Torres (6), 69 ′), Silva (6); Foden (7), Sterling (7), Jesús (6) (Mahrez (N / A), 80 ′).
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (4); Davies (5), Dier (5), Sánchez (4), Tanganga (5); Hojbjerg (5), Ndombele (6) (Alli (5), 64 ‘), Lamela (6) (Bale (6), 72’); Son (5), Moura (5) (Sissoko (6), 46 ′), Kane (6).
Goals: Rodri (feather 23 ′), Gundogan (50 ′, 67 ′)
Referee: Paul tierney
Yellow cards: Silva (29 ′), Lamela (65 ′), Dier (77 ′)
Red cards: ARRIVE