Premier League talking points

Mauricio Pochettino described Dele Alli as a'special talent ahead of Saturday night's game

Pep Guardiola says winning the Premier League will be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career after Manchester City moved to the brink of the title with a stylish 3-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday (April 14).

"They were the most consistent team, playing with fantastic players of course and fantastic coaching staff and fantastic manager. The Premier League is so, so tough", Guardiola said.

That goal buoyed Spurs after the break but they were unable to convert their new-found vigour into goals, with City continuing to create the clearer chances.

Their flamboyant style of play has been key to them overwhelming their opponents all season, but opponents have realised now that they can be attacked and exploited. The league is nine months.

Harry Kane will be heading into the contest hoping to further his challenge against Mohamed Salah for the Premier League's Golden Boot, a battle that has been kept interesting after Kane was awarded Tottenham's second goal at Stoke after an appeal.

"But - and there is very definitely a "but" - to win only two trophies barely reflects the majesty of the football they have played".

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As a coach, Pochettino has worked to impress upon his team the need to learn from setbacks and use that knowledge to better effect going forward. "Hopefully we can celebrate with our fans against Swansea and be champions because they deserve it".

That is certainly an achievement that can not be overlooked, but the club's European failures in the last two weeks will pose questions about City's outlook on the continent next season.

Manchester City have lost their last two games away to Tottenham, conceding six goals and scoring just once, although both of those matches were at White Hart Lane rather than Wembley.

City is 13 points clear at the top with six matches to play and could be confirmed as champion this weekend. However, Spurs will most certainly not just lie down and let them take it on their watch.

They can not get the job done at the national stadium due to United playing on Sunday, but victory would put one hand on the trophy. Liverpool is undefeated at home this season with a 10-0-6 record and beat Bournemouth 4-0 the last time these two teams met in December.

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