Man City cranked the pressure back up on Liverpool in this most relentless of title races, by beating Spurs 1-0 earlier today at the Etihad.
It was the third time Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino’s sides had met in 10 days and emotions were clearly still raw as the game kicked off after Spurs knocked City out of the Champions League in the same stadium on Wednesday.
As so often has been the case this season, City flew out of the traps and took the lead after just five minutes when Sergio Aguero’s perfectly weighted header was nodded home from close range by 18-year-old Phil Foden.
However, Spurs looked a constant menace on the counter-attack throughout and would spurn a host of one on one chances.
Despite the tension amongst the home support being palpable for most of the second period, City would hold on the move back to the top of the Premier League table by a point.
Speaking after the game City boss Guardiola paid tribute to both sets of players and his clubs fans.
“Both teams have incredible players with heart and personality. It was a real tough game after our mental defeat on Wednesday,” Guardiola told BBC’s MOTD.
“The last two days have been really tough for us. We could have lost the Premier League today – after Wednesday it was really tough. As a footballer, I could not have done what my players have done today. The title is still in our hands.
“I’ve not done anything. I’ve told my players that if they’ve forgotten what happened it’s good but if it still hurts then it’s good.
“Those 10 seconds of joy and happiness to devastation. That kind of experience has given us emotions we wouldn’t have had. Today our fans were incredible.
“We give absolutely everything.”