Tottenham 0-2 Man City: Erling Haaland scores twice as Pep Guardiola’s team close to Premier League title | Football news

Manchester City took a huge step towards the Premier League title as Erling Haaland’s double secured a 2-0 win over Tottenham to move them two points above Arsenal ahead of the final day.

In a subdued atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Spurs needing a win to keep their top four hopes alive but knowing a positive result would help their bitter rivals, City went in front when Haaland crossed after the break from Kevin De Bruyne tapped in. .

City’s substitute Stefan Ortega made crucial saves from Dejan Kulusevski and Heung-Min Son after replacing Ederson, who reacted angrily when he had to come off the pitch after a blow to the head, but Haaland sealed the victory from the spot after Pedro Porro had made a mistake on substitute Jeremy Doku.

The victory, City’s eighth in a row in the Premier League, means Pep Guardiola’s side will be champions for an unprecedented fourth year in a row when they beat West Ham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with Arsenal needing to win their match at home to Everton, while hoping for an unlikely misstep from City.

Spurs are now out of contention for a place in the Champions League. The defeat confirms Aston Villa’s qualification for the competition and leaves Ange Postecoglou to attack Tottenham’s ‘fragile foundations’ both on and off the pitch.

Player Ratings

Tottenham: Vicario (7), Porro (5), Romero (6), Dragusin (7), Van de Ven (6), Hojbjerg (5), Bentancur (5), Sarr (6), Maddison (7), Johnson (7) ), Son (6).

subtitles: Kulusevski (7), Lo Celso (6), Skipp (6), Moore (n/a).

Man’s City: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Akanji (7), Dias (7), Gvardiol (7), Rodri (7), Kovacic (7), De Bruyne (8), Silva (7), Foden (7) , Haaland (8).

subtitles: Ortega (8), Doku (7), Alvarez (6).

Player of the match: Erling Haaland

How Man City cruised to a crucial victory

The atmosphere among the home fans was subdued, but it was City, not Spurs, who looked lethargic in the first half, with an early effort from Rodrigo Bentancur tipped over the bar by Ederson providing early evidence of the attacking intentions of the home team.

Team news

  • Tottenham: Radu Dragusin, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur came into the team, while Micky van de Ven moved to left back.
  • Man’s City: Pep Guardiola’s only change was that Kyle Walker came into defense for Nathan Aké.

The visitors came close shortly afterwards when Guglielmo Vicario made a brilliant save from Phil Foden following a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg error, but they lacked their usual fluidity in possession while also encouraging Spurs at the other end.

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Haaland scored an opener from close range

However, the home side failed to capitalize on their openings and had to fall back on excellent final defensive work from Micky van de Ven and Radu Dragusin to prevent City from taking a barely deserved lead into half-time. the latter managed to clear Bernardo Silva’s line.

There were chances for both sides in the opening few minutes of the second half, with Vicario making a sharp stop from De Bruyne and Ederson blocking Son’s close-range effort.

Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Kyle Walker of Manchester City celebrate their side's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung )
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Haaland and Kyle Walker celebrate the victory

But City’s opener arrived just two minutes later as they worked the ball to De Bruyne, whose low cross from the right of the box was tucked away by the waiting Haaland.

The home fans took the opportunity to taunt their north London neighbors with shouts of ‘are you watching, Arsenal?’, but Spurs had chances to draw level, with Ortega coming to City’s rescue three times, two time substitute Kulusevski denied and also scored a goal. brilliant one-on-one save from Son.

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Haaland fired home his penalty for Man City’s second goal

Ederson’s furious reaction to his substitution after being accidentally bumped by Romero following a cross came after Bentancur reacted similarly when he was withdrawn for Kulusevski for Spurs, but City remained calm on the pitch to seal a memorable victory through Haaland’s penalty to put the Premier ahead. Competition trophy within reach.

Ange: The past 48 hours have exposed fragile foundations

Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou at his press conference: “I think the last 48 hours have revealed that the fundamentals are quite fragile. Outside the club, inside the club, everywhere.

“It was an interesting exercise. They’re just my observations. I’m not going to tell you, it’s for me.

‘You can judge for yourself what happened, I understand that.

“I probably misinterpreted the situation in terms of what I think is important and striving to become a winning team, but that’s okay. That’s why I’m here.”

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Ange Postecoglou reacted angrily to Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat by Man City

On the chants of Spurs fans mocking Arsenal after going behind: “I don’t care, mate. I just want to win, I want to be successful at this club. That’s why I was brought in.”

“I have no interest in other people, what their priorities and interests are. I know what is important to build a winning team, and that is what I want to focus on.

“It is what it is, I can’t dictate what people do. They can express themselves as they want. But when we have late winners in matches it’s because the crowd has often helped us.”

“I already knew what I wanted to do, I just need to make some adjustments to the way I do it.

“It just means that the last 48 hours have revealed a lot to me. That’s okay, it just means I have to go back to the drawing board on some things.”

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Jamie Carragher claims Arsenal fans will always be haunted by Stefan Ortega’s save from Heung-Min Son and suggests this is the moment Manchester City all but cemented their Premier League title

Pep: Players know it’s not over yet

Men’s city boss Pep Guardiola Unpleasant Air sports: “Yes, they are not celebrating. Happy of course, relieved because we wanted to get to the last game. We know we have work to do (against West Ham) and the fans will of course support us.”

“Now it’s (Mohammed) Kudus, (Michail) Antonio, (Jarrod) Bowen, (James) Ward-Prowse and (Tomas) Soucek with the set pieces. Anything can happen.

“As I said before, to win Wimbledon, tennis players say that the serve to win is the most difficult. We have to prepare well, concentrate and try again.”

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Pep Guardiola urged his side to remain focused on their final game against West Ham

On City’s performance: “In these types of matches there are emotions and you cannot always give your best. It depends on the intensity and quality that the opponent brings to the match he played to qualify for the Champions League.”

“They are an exceptional team, physical, intense, well managed, good with and without the ball. We knew it would be difficult, but in the bad moments we were there and our ‘keepers do the job. At the end in the right moment we punish them.”

On Ortega’s crucial save from Son: “He’s done this since he came here. We saw the level of goalkeeper he is. He makes incredible saves and does it so often.”

Man City back on the brink – Opta stats

  • Manchester City will top the Premier League for the sixth time in the last seven seasons (excluding 2019/20) heading into the final matchday of the season, having gone on to win the title in each of the previous seasons.
  • Erling Haaland’s opener was the first goal Manchester City scored in the Premier League at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with what was their 79th shot at the venue.
  • Kevin De Bruyne has assisted Erling Haaland 12 times in the Premier League since the start of last season, at least four more times than any other player as a teammate in the competition.
  • Kevin De Bruyne has now provided more than ten assists in six different Premier League seasons, most of them with Cesc Fabregas. The Belgian (112) also moved ahead of the Spaniard into second place for most assists in the history of the competition, behind only Ryan Giggs (162).
  • Erling Haaland has scored 63 goals in 65 Premier League appearances, at least eight more than any other player in his first two seasons in the competition (Andy Cole – 55).

What’s next?

The final day of the Premier League season takes place on Sunday. All matches start at 4pm and the title race goes straight to the wire.

Manchester city take on West Ham at the Etihad in the hope of becoming champions for the fourth year in a row. Arsenalwho want to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004, welcome Everton to the Emirates.

TottenhamIn the last match of the campaign they travel to the already relegated region Sheffield United.

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