De Bruyne lauds mentally tough City after slaying Spurs

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"The amount of goals, chances, points, to do that in the Premier League with the contenders that we have it is because the players are so, so good".

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted his team paid the price for a slow start in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday night.

As usual, City controlled the possession of the game as they claim 71% of the possession as early as the sixth minute - just like they had done in their defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool barely a week ago. "We congratulate them, they are very close to winning the Premier League", the Argentine said after the match.

A two-goal lead was in peril at Wembley against opponents starting to take advantage of the soft centre at the heart of City's defence. The title will be theirs if Manchester United loses to West Brom on Sunday.

"As long as it is mathematically possible we will believe we can reach the top four", said Giroud.

As the half wore down, Spurs slightly improved and pulled a fortuitous goal back three minutes before the break when Aymeric Laporte's attempted clearance cannoned off the shins of Christian Eriksen and into the corner of the net.

In the race for the Player of the Year award with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, the Belgian has been exceptional this season.

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The Citizens have conceded eight goals in their last three games, which they all lost. "For him, for the boys, it's fantastic and today he certainly didn't look like he doesn't want to score in the next few games". Of course, that result only delays their inevitable march to the Premier League title, but it was a remarkable collapse.

Kane is in a stiff competition with Salah for the Premier League golden boot, with the England striker having 25 goals to his name this season behind Salah who leads the goal scorers chart with 29 goals.

All of Liverpool's prolific front three were on target as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struck either side of Salah's deft header to take their combined tally for the season to 82.

The Blues went looking for the third goal that would surely end the contest and the superb David Silva saw a low drive beaten away, but despite one or two half-chances, Spurs hung on.

Third-from-bottom Southampton are five points from the safety zone after relegation rivals Crystal Palace beat Brighton & Hove Albion by the same score at Selhurst Park and Huddersfield Town beat Watford 1-0.

They are already all-but assured of Champions League qualification for 2018-19, but still have work to do in order to get over the line.

At the other end of the table, Burnley closed to within two points of sixth-placed Arsenal as a fast start was enough to secure a 2-1 win over Leicester.