Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Key victories that carried Man City to Premier League title

Key victories that carried Man City to Premier League title

Pep Guardiola says winning the Premier League will be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career after Manchester City moved to the brink of the title with a stylish 3-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero was pushed through the pain barrier in midweek against Liverpool, but that was with a Champions League semi-final place on the line. Failing that, Mourinho's side would have to avoid defeat at Bournemouth on Wednesday to make City need to win at home to Swansea next Sunday to confirm the title.

"[Against Tottenham] we had to be a little bit stronger mentally especially because it was off the back of an amount of bad events so I'm really happy with the result and the response". Though the eventual score was 3-1, City had at least three more good chances to widen the margin, and it was just their inability to find the finish that let them down at times.

That goal buoyed Spurs after the break but they were unable to convert their new-found vigour into goals, with City continuing to create the clearer chances.

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With five games to go the points record (95, Chelsea 2004/05) wins record (30, Chelsea 2016/17) and goals scored record (103, Chelsea 2009/10) are all up for grabs.

"I will not complain", he said.

"Now we have, in front of us, the most important title by far".

The visitors notched a pair of goals in a span of three minutes of the first half, the first coming in the 22nd minute when Gabriel Jesus scored past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after receiving a pass from Kompany.

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Yet he was full of praise for the way his side tried to fight back against the league leaders after going 2-0 down: "Overall I thought the effort was fantastic from the players, I feel proud and this defeat is not going to change my mind".

Sterling - who won the first-half spot kick despite replays showing Lloris' rash lunge made contact with him fractionally outside the box - was frustrated by passing up opportunities as his did in the Manchester derby, despite eventually scoring his 17th league goal of the season.

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona responded to its shock Champions League elimination by AS Roma by beating Valencia 2-1 on Saturday in a subdued atmosphere at the Nou Camp, setting a La Liga record run of 39 games unbeaten and taking the side ever closer to another title.

Ernesto Valverde's side leads nearest challenger Atletico Madrid by 14 points in the standings, with Atletico hosting Levante and fourth-placed Real visiting basement club Malaga on Sunday.

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Man City know that if they can keep doing what they're doing and develop this team, many of whom are nowhere near their peak (De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson), then bigger achievements, such as the Champions League, will be ahead. "It was more important that we picked ourselves up after a hard week", Valverde said.

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