Manchester City continued to hold the slender advantage at the top of the table after they picked up a close 1-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium. The Citizens had come into the game with back-to-back victories over the north London outfit and they maintained the streak with a solitary goal scored by Riyad Mahrez in just the sixth minute of the game.
Two things we learned:
Riyad Mahrez finding his feet quickly: The Algeria international joined the Citizens from Leicester City during the summer after failing to link up in the first place in January. Thereafter, he was handed a regular substitute role but he appears to have now won over the manager with consistent performances. Mahrez was hugely disappointing before the international break after he fluffed his lines from a spot kick which would have handed three points at Liverpool but he has since redeemed himself with a goal or an assist in the next three matches including the strike at Wembley, which was surely an emotional one on the personal scale after the recent and unfortunate demise of Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Tottenham Hotspur failing to make their chances pay: Spurs have been genuinely reliant on Harry Kane to produce the goods in the big games but we happened to witness a change in that trend earlier at Old Trafford where Lucas Moura stepped up to the plate with a match-winning brace. However, against City, Spurs barely looked threatening in terms of the shots on target but they should have still bagged a point after Erik Lamela missed a close-range chance where the poor condition of the Wembley pitch cost him. The defeat sees Spurs a point behind Arsenal, who are presently occupying the final Champions League qualification spot for next term.
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