Manchester City extended their record of winning consecutive league games to 16, as they thrashed top six rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium and puts them 14 points clear of Manchester United and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s men came into the game off the back of an impressive victory away to Swansea City in a 4-0 win at the Liberty Stadium. Two goals from David Silva and a goal apiece from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero sealed the three points for the Citizens as they looked to extend their dominant run. Tottenham defeated Brighton and Hove Albion in a 2-0 victory at Wembley to get three points in their battle for a top four position.
City opened the scoring after 14 minutes when Ilkay Gundogan, who came in for the absent David Silva, headed in from a corner unmarked to give the hosts a deserved lead. After numerous chances to double their advantage, Kevin De Bruyne stepped up for the Citizens to hit a powerful drive past Hugo Lloris with 20 minutes remaining. Gabriel Jesus had a penalty that hit the post after Jan Vertonghen fouled his fellow countryman De Bruyne in the box.
The game was sealed when Raheem Sterling rounded off a fantastic attacking move to make it 3-0 with 10 minutes to go. It soon became four when the Englishman scored his 11th league goal of the season after Eric Dier’s costly mistake. In stoppage time, Christian Eriksen scored a consolation goal for a depleted Spurs side. 52 points for Pep Guardiola’s team as they march on to their next match: a Carabao Cup quarter-final away to Leicester City.
Here are our player ratings from the match.