Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Ilkay Gundogan continued his great form to guide top of the table Manchester City to a comfortable win over Tottenham Hotspur.

The last team these two sides met, Jose Mourinho and his team were victorious with a 2-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Since the Portuguese manager’s arrival, both games against Man City had been held in North London, with Spurs winning each time.

Pep Guardiola looked to continue the 15-game unbeaten run and made five changes from the FA Cup win over Swansea City in midweek.

He set-up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Ederson, Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Phil Foden replacing Zack Steffen, Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia, Ben Mendy and Ferran Torres.

Mourinho opted for their usual 4-2-3-1 formation and made three changes from the extra-time loss against Everton, with Steven Bergwijn, Toby Alderweireld, Matt Doherty being swapped for Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga.

The game began slowly, both sides eager to gain a foothold on the game by controlling possession.

It took 14 minutes of football before the first real opportunity arose.

Harry Kane was tripped on the edge of the area and earned a freekick to Spurs, in which the Englishman insisted on taking.

His right-footed shot curled over the wall and rattled the woodwork, bouncing away before Lucas Moura’s return cross was caught by Ederson in the blues goal.

So close for Tottenham.

This spurred on City however, as they began to progress their passing further up the field.

Ilkay Gundogan – who has been instrumental to the Citizens recent success, wriggled his way into the area and in an attempt to cut the ball back onto his favoured right foot, was clipped by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot, and the home team had a chance to gain a lead.

Danish midfielder Hojbjerg giving away his second penalty in as many games.

Man City had been wasteful of their penalties recently, and so up stepped Spanish midfielder Rodri to take the spot-kick.

His right-footed shot from 12-yards was powered into the bottom-left corner, and despite getting a hand on the ball, Lloris could not stop it from nestling in the net.

After 23 minutes of patient football, Guardiola’s men were in the lead.

The rest of the first half was short of chances, as Tottenham were unable to break their opponents defence, and the home side were comfortable in possession.

Bernardo Silva had a shot blocked at close-range in the 42nd minute, before fantastically cutting it back for Gabriel Jesus, who struck the crossbar – making it the last opportunity of the half.

Half time saw Jose Mourinho make one substitution, as he brought on Moussa Sissoko for Lucas Moura, looking for more solidity in the midfield areas, allowing Tanguy Ndombele to push forward into the creative areas.

City devastatingly doubled their lead within five minutes of the second half.

Raheem Sterling carved a dizzying path through the Tottenham box and unable to find a shot, played a one-two with Foden, before slipping in man of the moment Gundogan.

The German prodded a left-footed shot close to Lloris but under the Frenchman and made it 2-0 to the top of the table team.

Spurs had even more of a hill to climb now, with the game looking more and more out of reach.

To make matters worse, in the 66th minute, Ilkay Gundogan was at it again.

A fantastic long-ball from goalkeeper Ederson was controlled by the former-Borussia Dortmund player.

One-on-one with Davinson Sanchez, he dribbled past the Colombian causing the defender to fall to the ground, before firing a left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner.

This time Hugo Lloris had no chance, and it was the best goal of the three that Man City had scored.

Ilkay Gundogan had now scored nine goals in nine games and is the current top goal scorer in Europe’s ‘big-five’ leagues in 2021.

With the game now out of reach for Spurs, the final 25 minutes were fairly dull.

Neither team created any eye-catching opportunities or came close to scoring, and Manchester City continued their fantastic run of form.

Now on a 16-game win streak, the Manchester outfit are set to face Spurs’ previous opponents Everton at Goodison Park, as Ancelotti takes on Guardiola.

Tottenham on the other hand, will take a break from Premier League football, as they take on Austrian side, Wolfsberger AC in the Europa League.

This game will take place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, as COVID-19 regulations in Austria mean that the game will not take place at the original venue.

For Spurs, this game will be one to forget and they will hope to regenerate their form from the start of the season if they want European football next year.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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