Guardiola Plays Down Importance Of Man Utd Games iIn Title Race

May JohnsonJan 24, 2019

Second-placed City moved back to four points behind Liverpool.

It's been another trying week for Huddersfield who occupy bottom spot in the Premier League. With Liverpool edging a seven-goal thriller against Crystal Palace on Saturday, City's mission in Yorkshire was simply to win and stay in touch.

After the intermission, German midfielder Leroy Sane stole the limelight, assisting on City's second goal and then scoring to make it 3-0. It was not a vintage display by Pep Guardiola's side but they remain in title contention.

He made an impression too, clumsily gifting Fulham a 14th-minute lead with an own goal.

With so much negativity about Tottenham's prospects without top scorer Kane, who could be missing until March with an ankle injury, it was a chance for Llorente to prove his worth. It's the opposite for Huddersfield who have won only two games all season with the last of those coming in November. He is a back-up to Kane and Son, a Plan B because of his aerial threat. Unfortunately, it was into his own net at a corner to put Tottenham behind in the 17th minute. Spurs improved after the break and they levelled in the 51st minute, Tim Ream's fluffed clearance allowing Christian Eriksen to float a cross to Alli at the back post for a simple header. The England worldwide, an attacking midfielder who can play up front, stayed down clutching the back of his leg after sliding into an advertising hoarding following a tackle.

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That made it 23-20 with 1:41 left in regulation, plenty of time for the Rams to march to Greg Zuerlein's tying 48-yard field goal. Robey-Coleman openly admitted that he committed pass interference after the game, further drawing the ire of Saints fans.

"We need to assess him in the next few days", Pochettino said.

Llorente further blotted his performance when heading the ball wide from inside the six-yard box at a free kick, when the score was 1-1.

"(But) the way we played, we didn't deserve more than three goals. But the defending champions went ahead in the 18th minute when Danilo's long-range effort deflected in off the head of Christopher Schindler.

Danilo's strike was City's 100th in all competitions this season, in just 35 matches, and put them well clear of nearest rivals Paris Saint-Germain on 90 across Europe's top five leagues this season.

Defeat left Fulham seven points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United and facing an increasingly hard task to avoid being relegated back to the Championship. Huddersfield is in even bigger trouble, 10 points from safety and without a permanent manager after David Wagner stood down on Monday.

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