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Manchester City 3-0 Tottenham: 5 talking points as Gundogan inspires City to an emphatic win | EPL 2020/21

Joshua Ojele
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Modified 14 Feb 2021
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#3 Manchester City thrive without De Bruyne

Manchester City v Aston Villa - Premier League
Manchester City v Aston Villa - Premier League

Manchester City's best player Kevin De Bruyne continues to be out of the side after going off injured against Aston Villa last month.

However, the Citizens are playing brilliantly without the midfielder and their win tonight makes it a seventh-straight win in all competitions without De Bruyne.

Since his injury, there hasn’t seemed to be any sign of weakness or slowing down in the Manchester-based side.

With Manchester City being at their usual rampant best without De Bruyne, one can only wonder what heights they could hit with the Belgian, who is one of the best midfielders in the world.


#2 Tottenham's struggles continue

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Jose Mourinho's men have avoided defeat only three times in their last seven league games, with all three coming against the bottom three clubs in the league table.

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Their struggles have also been further marked by a glaring inability to score goals, as Spurs have scored just three goals in their last five league games while conceding 10.

Much of the goalscoring responsibility has been put on the attacking duo of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. The duo have scored an astonishing 72% of the league goals scored be Tottenham this season.

It is therefore expected that a drop in form or opposition restricting either or both of the Tottenham stars would drastically or completely nullify Spurs' offensive output.


#1 Manchester City's form - The sign of future champions

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
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Manchester City have been outstanding both in defense and attack in recent weeks. The league leaders have not lost a game in any competition since November last year, stretching it to 23 games.

The Etihad outfit have been immense in attack, coming second only to neighbors Manchester United in league goals scored this campaign.

They have been even more impressive in defense, conceding a league-low 14 goals in 23 games alongside a league-high 14 clean sheets.

Manchester City are currently firing on all cylinders, scoring goals at will and conceding very few.

All this, coupled with a seven-point gap at the top of the table, makes it hard not to think of the Citizens as potential champions.

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Published 14 Feb 2021, 12:44 IST
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