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Danny Rose unavailable for Tottenham's clash with Manchester City

Danny Rose unavailable for Tottenham's clash with Manchester City

In the end, the Spurs comeback never materialised and City saw out their first win in four games. Three points against City would be critical for that plight.

Even after last weekend's loss to its top rival, Manchester City still holds a 13-point lead over Manchester United in the English Premier League standings. However, as the Harry Kane and Dele Alli led side head down the stretch, they are tied with Liverpool in points and are behind only on goal differential.

"It's one of the best by far".

Caretaker West Brom boss Darren Moore came within 15 minutes of victory in last Saturday's must-win clash with Swansea, although a 1-1 draw did at least end a run of nine successive defeats in all competitions. City would love to replicate that result and be able to lock up the league title after failing to do so last week.

I play as a winger [so] it's a little bit more hard cause I have to give assists, I have to give the pass and create chances.

"The players have my total respect".

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Asked if it would be extra special to win a league where some said his purist principles wouldn't work, Guardiola said: "Yes". "City are only human, so they can make mistakes".

City go into this off the back of three consecutive defeats and appearing vulnerable for the first time under Guardiola.

The South Korea worldwide has now reverted to a wide role and is likely to line up directly against Walker, who left Tottenham previous year, in the Premier League on Saturday.

But there was no sign of self-pity from the champions-elect as they quickly settled into their groove, Leroy Sane rattling the post with a sliced fourth-minute volley.

While it was a clear foul, the contact appeared to be made just outside the area, yet, to Tottenham's fury, Jonathan Moss awarded a penalty that Gundogan slotted home easily. However, the England winger would not be denied for long, firing in City's third from close range in the 72nd minute after Lloris had parried Jesus's deflected shot.

Then, finally, Spurs' luck ran out as Jesus fired a low shot in and though an initially unsighted Lloris kept the ball out, Sterling was on hand to hammer the ball into the roof of the net from four yards.


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