"Mahrez is magic" , "Tell Arsenal we're coming" - Twitter erupts as Manchester City produce remarkable 4-2 comeback win over Tottenham

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Mahrez is the difference maker as City stage dramatic turnaround win.

Manchester City staged a memorable 4-2 comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday (January 19) that got them back on track in the title race. Riyad Mahrez's magical double secured the Etihad giants a win that took them to within five points of league leaders Arsenal.

Both teams were desperate for a positive result after stumbling in their respective derbies last weekend. Antonio Conte's men made life difficult for the hosts in the first half hour, and it was a feisty affair between the two sides.

However, Pep Guardiola's side were the architects of their downfall in the 44th minute when Ederson tried a tame pass with Spurs pressing. Dejan Kulusevski pounced on the Brazilian goalkeeper's mistake and buried the opener to put his side ahead.

The Etihad faithful were stunned three minutes later in the 45+2nd minute when Tottenham's Emerson Royal responded quickly to Ederson's save from Harry Kane. The right-back put Spurs into dreamland and stirred up more trouble for Guardiola and Co.

Boos rang out around the Etihad as their beleaguered Manchester City side trudged down the tunnel for half-time. Guardiola must have got into his troops at half-time as they came out all guns blazing in the second half.

They grabbed a vital goal in the 51st minute when a pinball scenario in the Spurs box allowed Julian Alvarez to tap home his fourth goal for the club. It was a storming start to the second half from City. They soon equalized in the 53rd minute. Erling Haaland got himself back among the goals with a fine header to bring Guardiola's men level.

Tottenham worried the hosts in the 59th minute when Kulusevski raced forward on the right flank. The Swede played an enticing ball into the City boss, which Ivan Perisic smashed towards Ederson's goal. However, the impressive Rico Lewis' crucial block sent the ball crashing off the woodwork.

Mahrez was man-of-the-match. He provided City with their vital third in the 63rd minute. The Algerian tricked his way past Ben Davies before firing past Lloris at the near post, thanks to a slight deflection. The French shot-stopper's woeful form continues.

Tottenham were still alive despite woefully allowing Manchester City to get back into the game and turn things around. Yet, Mahrez conjured up more wizardry in the 89th minute to end proceedings. He dinked the ball over a despairing Lloris as Guardiola's men secured all three points in a pulsating affair.

Here's how Twitter reacted to a dramatic win for the reigning Premier League champions:

3️⃣ goals in 1️⃣2️⃣ minutes at the Etihad! πŸ€―πŸ”΅ 3-2 βšͺ️ #ManCity
Mahrez is magic
Man that was shitty. Imagine conceding to Emerson
Ederson even being mentioned in the same breath as Alisson was beyond insulting.
Ederson walking into the dressing room at half time
Emerson Royal when he sees that Spurs fans are actually cheering for him. #MCITOT
Emerson Royal scored against Man City. They should just forfeit the game now and go back home to their families.
Kulusevski celebration.
Erling Haaland is back
Spurs were just messing with Arsenal fans, you have to respect it.
Can’t ever rely on Spurs ffs
Tell Arsenal we’re coming
This Mahrez masterclass damn
Mahrez vs Perisic in the second half
If Hugo Lloris was a dog…
City’s the only team that can make scoring 3 goals so easy…fek. Lloris smelly again
Lloris has to be a concern for Spurs surely ?
That’s like a batsman not guarding his wicket there, from Lloris.
I dare Daniel Levy and the board not address the GK and defence now and sack Conte for these bottlejobs costing us games.I. Dare. You.
#THFC fans singing "we want Levy out" and singing in praise of Conte. #MCITOT
Title challenge is thrown back open
22 - Erling Haaland has scored 22 Premier League goals this season, the most a player has scored in a campaign in the competition under Pep Guardiola. Only Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o & Robert Lewandowski have scored more in a single top-flight season under the Spaniard. Leveller.
Another very strong performance from Rico Lewis, love how much faith Guardiola has in him

Tottenham manager Conte lauded Manchester City as the best team in the world

Antonio Conte lauds Manchester City.
Antonio Conte lauds Manchester City.

Conte showered praise on Manchester City ahead of the two sides' clash tonight, claiming Guardiola's men to be the best team in the world. The Italian insisted that he didn't need to motivate his players because they knew the task they had in front of them. He said (via Sky Sports):

"We are going to face in my opinion the best team in the world. In this type of game it's not important to give extra motivation to your players because they know the importance of the game."

Guardiola has transformed City since arriving in 2016. They have won the Premier League four times, the FA Cup once, and the League Cup four times during his tenure. They next host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday (January 22), while Tottenham head to Fulham on Monday (January 23).

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Edited by Matthew Guyett
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