PEP GUARDIOLA was celebrating candy sixteen with Manchester Metropolis as they took one other large stride in direction of the title.
This workforce of his has now equalled Pep’s well-known Barcelona outfit for league wins on the bounce.
Which may be three behind Pep’s better of 19 straight league wins with Bayern Munich. However it looks like he has a particular workforce on his arms like on the Nou Camp.
Kevin De Bruyne pulled all of the strings once more yesterday and slammed house the objective that sealed victory after Ilkay Gundogan had opened the scoring.
Raheem Sterling bagged two and there was even time for Gabriel Jesus to overlook a penalty.
All of it added as much as a vastly convincing victory in opposition to one of many groups who thought they might compete for the title, or perhaps even lay a glove on Metropolis.
Final week Metropolis made all of the noise at Outdated Trafford, this week their 16th consecutive Prem win despatched out a transparent message.
Spurs ended Pep’s excellent begin to final season after they swept Metropolis apart 2-Zero at White Hart Lane in early October.
That was a match that opened Guardiola’s eyes to simply how robust English soccer could be.
Metropolis, although, are actually a distinct prospect. There have been difficult matches and late winners however they give the impression of being the actual deal this season.
This win means they’ve now crushed ALL of final time period’s top-six rivals forward of the festive interval.
They had been irresistible yesterday in a primary half by which they might have racked up 4 or 5.
Leroy Sane was on a mission after having a relaxation in midweek, with the ball pinging from flank to flank as Metropolis poured ahead.
Within the center, De Bruyne had his Belgium team-mates nibbling at his heels however Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen struggled to get close to him.
Spurs had been left defending assaults from all angles as De Bruyne handed them to loss of life.
However for all their lovely soccer, it was a simple objective from a nook that broke the impasse.
Gundogan’s objective was easy, a product of fundamental defending errors. As Sane fizzed the ball in, no one was near the Germany midfielder who had a free run at objective.
Son Heung-Min made a lame try to trace the run however Gundogan was completely free as he nodded into the underside nook.
Mauricio Pochettino shaking his head on the sidelines stated all of it.
Gundogan wheeled away in delight to have a good time his first objective since getting back from his knee damage virtually precisely a yr in the past.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund star has endured an extended street to restoration.
And he wouldn’t have been within the workforce however for David Silva’s absence for private causes.
Even with out their Spanish maestro, Metropolis cruised via the gears and had been all the time threatening.
Hugo Lloris wanted to be at his finest to beat away Sergio Aguero’s drive after De Bruyne break up Spurs open once more.
The Tottenham keeper additionally saved from Gundogan once more as he was commonly saved busy.
The house aspect additionally had penalty shouts when Danny Rose blocked Aguero’s shot together with his arm and nudged Eliaquim Mangala within the again.
However for all of Metropolis’s domination, Spurs had been nonetheless within the sport at half-time and solely 1-Zero down.
In actual fact, they had been two-down on this fixture final season and pulled it again to earn a draw.
And with Harry Kane of their workforce, they all the time had an opportunity of snatching one on the counter.
He curled an effort simply vast from the sting of the field as Spurs regarded to seek out some foothold within the match.
They had been on the entrance foot after the break and Son ought to have been sturdy on the far put up when a harmful cross flew in.
He was not and it left Poch throwing his arms in frustration at an opportunity missed.
Ederson then pulled off a spectacular save when Kane tried his luck from lengthy distance.
However Metropolis dabbed on the accelerator and had been quickly house and dry. Gundogan fed De Bruyne to his left, who made area to crash in one other masterpiece.
KDB was then felled within the field by Vertonghen just for Jesus’ spot-kick to cannon off a put up and Sterling to blaze over an open web.
Sterling, although, quickly swept in after one other candy transfer. Then Bernardo Silva’s ball via was fluffed by Eric Dier, with Lloris taking his eye off it, permitting Sterling to stroll it in.
Christian Eriksen did discover the underside nook in stoppage-time but it surely was actually no comfort.