Mauricio Pochettino concedes Tottenham were off the pace against Manchester City

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"We only started to compete after 2-0 down, we scored, but of course over 90 minutes Manchester City were better". "After what happened and how the people reacted, these guys are fantastic".

"These guys are fantastic and awesome".

"We congratulate them because they are very close to winning the Premier League and after 14 games unbeaten for us, today was a hard game to play". Despite wins over United, Liverpool and Arsenal at Wembley, they were outplayed and outsmarted by City on the night.

But the Catalan produced the ideal counter by introducing Nicolas Otamendi as a second half substitute to tighten up the City defence.

Sterling's misses preceded City's fall from grace against United and his was the greatest relief of all when, having inexplicably dallied with the goal at his mercy in the 71st minute, he slammed home the rebound after Lloris brilliantly denied Jesus.

City still need 6 points to wrap up the title and will be desperate for a win against the Lilywhites to boost their confidence and morale and look to finish the season on a high.

In the race for the Player of the Year award with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, the Belgian has been exceptional this season. When we conceded the penalty, we started to play.

Chasing Salah to claim the Premier League Golden Boot for a third consecutive season, Kane will be desperate to get on the scoresheet and close the gap. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino scored the other two goals.

City is 13 points clear at the top with six matches to play and could be confirmed as champion this weekend. Jesus was shown a yellow card just in the stoppage time of the first half, the first 45 minute ended 2-1 in favour of Manchester City at the Wembley Stadium. There had been little evidence of the imperious form to follow but it was the first of a Premier League record 18-match winning run.

"Because we are battling against Liverpool for the top four as well it's a bit of excitement".

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. Crystal Palace is even money at plus-1 goals, which conjures up a scenario where they nearly manage to cadge a 0-0 or 1-1 tie. The Citizens needed to eradicate these doubts, and they did, putting in a brilliant performance, that led to their comprehensive win.

West Ham United (+180) finds itself a slight underdog for its first home game since a pitch invasion by frustrated fans three weeks ago, taking on Southampton (+160, draw +215), who is one place below it in the relegation zone.

City's 3-1 win means they can become champions against Swansea next week.