|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
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