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Manchester City return to top of table as Foden goal earns win vs. Tottenham

Manchester City return to top of table as Foden goal earns win vs. Tottenham

Guardiola joked that he was genius for bringing in Foden for just his second Premier League start with the 18-year-old scoring the only goal after five minutes.

“How good is the manager? I am a genius. He scored a goal,” Guardiola said. “Phil is an incredible player. We needed this capacity to press high and he has quality to arrive in the box and every time he plays he scores a goal or has chances to score goals.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“He has the ability to play in small spaces. It’s an incredible experience for him and I trust him a lot.”

This was the third meeting between the two sides in the past 10 days after the dramatic double-header in the Champions League quarterfinals, which saw Tottenham progress on away goals after City had seen a stoppage time goal overturned by the video assistant referee.

“The last two days have been really tough for us,” Guardiola said.1

“We could have lost the Premier League today — after Wednesday it was really tough. As a footballer, I could not have done what my players have done today. The title is still in our hands.”

City looked hungry for revenge at the Etihad as they came running out of the blocks and took the lead early.

There was a major blow for Pep Guardiola’s men just before half-time when Kevin De Bruyne had to leave the pitch with another injury after reacting badly to taking a shot from the edge of the area.

“It was something muscular, which is normal after injuries and three or four games of a lot of minutes with no preparation,” Guardiola said.

“Maybe he will miss the four games and the FA Cup final. I don’t know how big the impact is. We will see tomorrow but I think for the next game, he will be out.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Spurs had a strong penalty shout turned down early in the second half after Dele Alli flicked the ball onto Kyle Walker’s arm, but referee Michael Oliver awarded the visitors a corner.

Player of the Year nominee Raheem Sterling came close to extending City’s lead, but saw his close range effort blocked by Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.