English Premiership

Gundogan goal rush extends Man City's Premier League lead

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Ilkay Gundogan. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)
Ilkay Gundogan. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)

Manchester City powered seven points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday as Ilkay Gundogan's double inspired a 3-0 win that piled pressure on Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, while Liverpool's problems mounted after a dismal 3-1 defeat at Leicester.

Pep Guardiola's side stretched their English top-flight record run to 16 successive victories in all competitions.

They are unbeaten in their last 23 matches and look odds on to win the title for the third time in the last four seasons.

Manchester United can close the gap to five points if they beat lowly West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but City will still hold a game in hand to strengthen their grip on top spot.

Tottenham were no match for the red-hot leaders on a freezing evening at the Etihad Stadium.

The latest clash between old rivals Guardiola and Mourinho was a mismatch from the moment Rodri put City ahead.

Gundogan has been the main man during City's winning streak and he finished off Tottenham with two ruthless strikes.

Since City last lost -- at Tottenham in November -- they have climbed from 13th place and overturned an eight-point gap to Mourinho's men, who were top at the time.

"It was well deserved. We have a special way to play and we will continue. You have to be patient and calm," Guardiola said.

Tottenham have now lost five of their previous six matches in all competitions.

Amid Mourinho's awkward rifts with Gareth Bale and Dele Alli, there is a growing feeling Tottenham's season is spiralling out of control.

They are languishing in eighth place, four points adrift of the top four.

"A fresh team against a very tired team, but we hit the post and going 1-0 could give us the fuel you need," Mourinho said.

"A team that is not united would give up and would be punished but I saw guys like Kane, Davies, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg giving everything."

City who went ahead in the 23rd minute after Hojbjerg tripped Gundogan with a trailing leg.

After Gundogan made it three penalty misses for City this season in their thrashing of Liverpool last weekend, Guardiola had hinted Ederson might take their next one.

City's keeper did start moving towards the Tottenham area for a moment after the challenge on Gundogan, but he was sent back and instead Rodri stepped up to drive the spot-kick past Hugo Lloris.

Gundogan struck five minutes after half-time as his close-range finish eluded Lloris's weak attempted save.

The in-form German midfielder wasn't finished yet and in the 66th minute he sprinted onto Ederson's long kick, gave Davinson Sanchez a subtle nudge and swivelled away from the stumbling defender before firing past Lloris.

Gundogan's 11th goal in his last 12 league games came with a frustrating coda however as he limped off injured soon after.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Sat 08 May 21 13:30 PM (SAST)
Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur
Elland Road
Sat 08 May 21 16:00 PM (SAST)
Sheffield United
Crystal Palace
Bramall Lane
Sat 08 May 21 18:30 PM (SAST)
Manchester City
Chelsea
Etihad Stadium
Results
Fri 07 May 21
Leicester City 2
Newcastle United 4
Mon 03 May 21
Burnley 1
West Ham United 2
Mon 03 May 21
West Bromwich Albion 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Manchester City
34
25
80
2. Manchester United
33
19
67
3. Leicester City
35
19
63
4. Chelsea
34
17
61