Gundogan brace inspires comfortable victory over Spurs
Ilkay Gundogan’s sensational goalscoring form continued as Manchester City comfortably beat Tottenham Hotspur to record a 16th consecutive victory in all competitions.
The German hit a second half brace for the second game in succession after Rodrigo had fired Pep Guardiola’s side in front from the penalty spot.
It was Gundogan who won the spot-kick, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s clumsy challenge allowing the Spanish midfielder to net the first penalty of his club career, which Hugo Lloris got a hand to but was unable to keep out.
The Spurs goalkeeper should have done better when Gundogan added City’s second four minutes after half-time, but he allowed the in-form midfielder’s toe-poke to squirm under his body following good combination play with Raheem Sterling.
Pep Guardiola’s side controlled possession throughout, but it was from a rare long ball forward that allowed Gundogan to add his second and City’s third just after the hour mark.
Ederson was the unlikely provider, launching a raking pass over Davinson Sanchez’s head and the Colombian was outmuscled before being left on the seat of his pants as City’s No.8 drilled into the bottom corner for his 11th goal in his last 12 Premier League games.
Guardiola's side thoroughly deserved the three points, but Spurs had their moments.
At 0-0, Harry Kane cracked the woodwork with a 20-yard free-kick and Ederson saved well from Gareth Bale when the substitute danced past three defenders and unleashed from 18-yards late in the game.
This was City’s ninth win since the start of 2021, which sees us equal the English top-flight record for consecutive games won since the beginning of a calendar year.
Bolton (1906) and Manchester United (2009) are the other two teams to have achieved the feat.
WHAT IT MEANS
City are seven points clear of second placed Leicester City, but our lead at the top of the table could be reduced to five points if United beat West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
We have a game in hand on all of the top four teams.
City travel to Goodison Park to play Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday 17 February. Kick-off is at 20:15 (UK).
Manchester City (3): Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Gündogan (Ferran Torres, 69’); Foden, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus (Mahrez, 79’)
Tottenham (0): Lloris; Tanganga, Davinson Sánchez, Dier, Davies; Hojbjerg, Ndombele (Dele Alli, 63’); Lamela (Bale, 72’), Lucas (Sissoko, 45’), Son; Kane
Goals: 1-0, Rodri (23’), 2-0, Gündogan (49’), 3-0, Gündogan (66’)
Referee: Paul Tierney. Amonestados: Bernardo Silva (28’), Lamela (65’), Dier (77’), Davies (91’)