Manchester City avoided a repeat of the second-half collapses that have haunted them this week as they moved to within a win of the Premier League title with a 3-1 victory at Tottenham.
As in their 3-2 derby defeat to Manchester United last weekend and the confirmation of their Champions League exit against Liverpool on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola’s side were close to their scintillating best during the opening exchanges at Wembley and established a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes.
Gabriel Jesus’ 10th Premier League goal of the season and an Ilkay Gundogan penalty – replays showed the contact from Hugo Lloris’ lunge on Raheem Sterling occurred fractionally outside the box – put City in the driving seat but Christian Eriksen reducing the arrears in the 42nd minute left the runaway league leaders again looking vulnerable.
They held firm under probing Tottenham pressure early in the second half before Sterling rescued his latest scattergun showing in front of goal with a game-sealing strike in the 72nd minute.
City will be crowned champions on Sunday in the unlikely event of rock-bottom West Brom beating Manchester United, but glory will be theirs regardless if they beat Swansea City next weekend.