Manchester City's Premier League title: Five key wins en route to glory

  • Manchester City's Premier League title: Five key wins en route to glory

Manchester City's Premier League title: Five key wins en route to glory

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be playing a "golf game" tomorrow instead of watching Manchester United's fixture with West Brom.

And Guardiola joked concerning the route one soccer which noticed them open the scoring with a protracted ball from Vincent Kompany completed off by Gabriel Jesus, satirically praising his personal tactical plan.

After their derby day victory, City delivered a comfortable midweek win against Swansea City that was followed by the visit by Spurs - a team that Guardiola had struggled with in his previous season. Now, when City overwhelm opponents befuddled by relentless and vibrant attacking patterns, they are pulling every string.

"We will try hard to be champions in front of our fans at the Etihad Stadium because they deserve it", Guardiola said.

Guardiola's men were on course to drop points in two of their opening three games until Sterling's 97th-minute victor at Bournemouth back in August kicked off an 18-match winning run in the league.

Ilkay Gundogan slotted home a penalty three minutes later after Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris raced out of his goal and upended Raheem Sterling though television replays suggested his wild tackle was just outside the area.

It ended a 14-game unbeaten run in the league for Tottenham that began after losing at City in December. "We are in the top four".

"He unlocks everything but when you think about it he did much, much better than last season and that was important". We can not forget he was out one month injured, he made a huge effort because after the tackle from Ashley Young against United the problem started.

That streak was kept alive as Sterling also struck late twice in three days in late November to edge out Huddersfield and Southampton 2-1 to demoralise the chasing pack.

"We have to win our games and we are able to win two games. So, we have to do it, like we have all season". "One team was dominant in Germany and one had (Lionel) Messi, but we are nothing without the team".

The Citizens have splashed the cash left, right and centre, and that statement is no more true than when speaking about their defence, when Pep Guardiola has spent a nice round £50m on each of the right back, left back, and two central defenders in the last two years.

The champions have scored 93 times and conceded on 25 occasions. Eden Hazard pulled Chelsea level and Giroud's half-volley seized the three points.