|Harry Kane celebrates after outjumping Kyle Walker to hand Tottenham the win at the Etihad on Saturday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
The premier league is arguably the hardest league in the world, the marketing might be expensively intrusive as they force it down your throat but you’ll never be disappointed at the show you see week in week out.
Saturday games of round 26 proved again that the league is unpredictable and is never over until it mathematically is. Tottenham did a double over Manchester City for the first time in over three decades and what a way to do it as well.
The Cityzens were roundly tipped to beat embattled Spurs without hassles but Antonio Conte’s side had other ideas. The tumultuous week they had over Conte’s interview with Sky Italia was expected to loom around and hamper Spurs’ performance but from the get go, it didn’t look like it.
Manchester City went into the game with their best legs, starting Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and in-form Raheem Sterling upfront, Spurs handed a full debut to Dejan Kulusevski and it didn’t take long before he justified the faith.
Just four minutes into the game, a brilliant one time diagonal pass from Harry Kane met the smart run of Heung Min Son and the Korean was through on goal, you’d have thought Son would finish it himself but he fed the Swede upfront and the latter obliged by rolling the ball in for 1-0.
City turned the screw but didn’t get an equalizer till very late on in the half. Hugo Lloris would feel sorry for the City goal as he spilled what should be a routine save and Ilkay Gundogan side-footed home to ensure the half ended as it started.
Spurs went ahead again in the second half. It was that partnership again, Son to Kane and the England striker who was touted to be joining City last summer found the back of the net cleanly. He could have doubled the advantage moments later but Ederson made a brilliant save to deny him from point blank range.
Lloris made amends for his first half howler by saving a certain goal off the boots of Gundogan not long after, the curly effort was destined for the top corner before the French shot stopper flew across to tip it round the post for a City corner.
The champions were handed a lifeline from the spot after Romero was adjudged to have handled in the area, substitute Riyad Mahrez blasted home an equalizer in stoppage time and all was set to end in a draw with only few minutes left of the added time.
Kulusevski found himself in space again, turned round and sent a cross into the box, Kyle Walker will have to explain to Pep Guardiola what he was doing while Harry Kane headed home, the England defender could have challenged for the ball instead of trying to guide it out, it was 3-2.
City at some points in the course of the day were thinking of going 12 points clear after Norwich led at Anfield but now it’s six points advantage over the Kops and that could be down to three points if Liverpool win in midweek.