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Mauricio Pochettino concedes Tottenham were off the pace against Manchester City

16 April 2018

The two sides met back in December when Manchester City ran to a comfortable 4-1 victory under the lights at the Etihad Stadium.

Sterling effort went wide in the 7th minute of the game as Manchester City add more pressure to the home team. These guys are fantastic, awesome - they are incredible.

We congratulate them, they're very close to winning the Premier League. Jesus nearly got the third goal but he blasted it in the 63rd minute, both managers made their first changes as Nicolas Otamendi replaced Sane and for Tottenham, Heug min Son was brought in for Erik Lamela. Happy, and satisfied. Relaxed enough to declare he was going to play golf with his son rather than watch second-placed Manchester United play West Bromwich Albion in a match that will have implications on his team's ability to clinch the title.

The hosts managed to pull one back through Christian Eriksen three minutes before half-time, although Pep Guardiola's side were already in control at that stage. The decision allowed Gundogan to step up and send Lloris diving the wrong way, pushing City into a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute.

"What a number. Wow!" exclaimed manager Jurgen Klopp on hearing Salah is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush 31 years ago to score 40 in a season. The former is four goal behind the latter and Kane himself has four to go to catch up with Liverpool's Salah. Guardiola's side has also recorded three consecutive wins on their travels in the Premier League, scoring at least two goals in all three victories.

Tottenham are relatively comfortable in terms of earning a Champions League spot for next season, sitting at fourth in the table and 10 points clear of Chelsea in fifth.

A key incident occurred in the 24th minute with City leading 1-0, as Spurs gave the ball away and the visitors broke and Sterling was played in on the left.

The game is scheduled for a highly unusual 7.45pm BST kick-off time on Saturday, April 14, and the match will be shown on TV on both Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.

"We are in the top four and doing so well and have a chance to finish in the top four and then we have the [FA Cup] semi-final". The absence of Heung-Min Son definitely made it easier as he may be Tottenham's most unsafe wide attacker at the moment and this may have played a role in why Pep felt comfortable doing this. "It's just the competition and trying to win, that's what I enjoy". Crystal Palace is even money at plus-1 goals, which conjures up a scenario where they nearly manage to cadge a 0-0 or 1-1 tie.

West Ham United (+180) finds itself a slight underdog for its first home game since a pitch invasion by frustrated fans three weeks ago, taking on Southampton (+160, draw +215), who is one place below it in the relegation zone.

Mauricio Pochettino concedes Tottenham were off the pace against Manchester City