An early goal from Phil Foden gave Man City a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20th. The tight encounter was a far cry from the Champions League thriller between the two sides in midweek, as the one goal was enough to separate the two sides.
Son Heung-Min had an effort denied by City goalkeeper Ederson before Man City took the lead just four minutes into the game. Bernardo Silva’s cross was nodded back across goal by Sergio Aguero, allowing Foden to head in and put his side.
In the 14th minute Spurs were almost level as Christian Eriksen ran on to Lucas Moura’s, but shot straight at Ederson. Son looked to be through on goal a minute later, but was denied by a brilliant tackle by Aymeric Laporte.
Kevin De Bruyne pulled up injured just before half-time as the home side went into the break a goal ahead.
Early in the second-half the hosts nearly doubled their advantage as Aguero’s goal-bound shot was blocked by Toby Alderweireld before Foden shot wide on the rebound.
City were enjoying possession, but Spurs came close to an equaliser on the hour mark as Eric Dier headed over from Christian Eriksen’s cross. City came close to wrapping up the victory as Sterling’s shot was saved by Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga in the 71st minute.
Ederson produced an important save to deny his fellow Brazilian Moura a minute later, as the Manchester club held on for a crucial win. The result sees City go back to the top of the Premier League with four games remaining.
Man City Manager Pep Guardiola spoke to the BBC after the game, and praised his side’s response to the midweek defeat. "Both teams have incredible players with heart and personality. It was a real tough game after our mental defeat on Wednesday, and we knew we could have lost the Premier League today.
As a footballer, I could not have done what my players have done today. The title is still in our hands.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also spoke to the BBC and praised his side’s performance despite the defeat. "It was an amazing game. Both teams competed really well and we deserved more. Ederson was man of the match.
"I am happy, disappointed with the result but so happy with the performance.”