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90' + 1'
B. Davies
Yellow Card
E. Dier
Yellow Card
İ. Gündoğan
Ederson Moraes
3 - 0
İ. Gündoğan
R. Sterling
2 - 0
Penalty Goal
1 - 0

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60% 39%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 3
Total Passes 698 456
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On paper, two tests as tough as Tottenham await City next, with Everton and Arsenal on the agenda. But they'll probably just pummel both of them into a pulp on this basis. Spurs meanwhile are finally back in European contention; they travel to Wolfsberg in the Europa League, albeit in Klagenfurt. Until then, thank you for joining us - and have a great weekend!
But City are absolutely flying right now. If they win that game in hand, they will be a minimum of 10 points ahead of their nearest rivals; they currently lead second-place Leicester with a game in hand and are eight points ahead of Manchester United, who have also played 23 games. After Liverpool's triumph last term, Guardiola look destined for a third top-flight title in four years. This is a new dynasty.
It flew a little bit under the radar but was Ilkay Gundogan withdrawn due to an injury there in the second half? He walked off down the tunnel rather than into the dugout, a detail that went unnoticed by some. Any injury to him will be a blow for City, despite their strength in reserve. 
Chalk another one up for the Spaniard then. But both managers will have plenty to take away from this one, particularly with an EFL Cup final looming. On today's basis, you'd be forgiven for thinking that City have their name etched on the trophy already - again.
An Ilkay Gundogan second-half brace ensures victory for Manchester City in dominant fashion, as they take the three points against Tottenham Hotspur - and ensure another Premier League win for Pep Guardiola over Jose Mourinho! They move seven points clear with a game in hand; the visitors remain four points off the top four. At full-time at the Etihad Stadium, it finishes Manchester City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur.
B. Davies
Yellow Card
90' + 1' A late booking comes the way of Davies now for a poor challenge. City are looking for a fourth, the icing on the cake.
90' There will be three added minutes here. Pep Guardiola is sporting a quiet, relaxed look. Jose Mourinho has the expression of a man in a state of pained constipation.
87' An interesting stat to take away; City have had four on-target efforts today while Spurs have had three. There have been opportunities for the visitors to get in the board - albeit less, undoubtedly - but they've just not been able to convert them.
85' A Spurs corner now gives the visitors a belated chance to search for a consolation prize. City's defence prove more than up to the task once again, battering the set-piece opportunity away as it drifts into the box.
83' At half-time, you wouldn't be knocked for saying that the penalty was a slice of luck to help City, having found their opportunities mostly muzzled compared to the counter-spark of Tottenham. But this second half has had Guardiola's side rolling back the years to 2018-19 all over again. Superb stuff.
81' Bale! So often the Wales international has been accused of having failed to recapture his best form since arriving at Spurs, despite a lengthy injury lay-off and limited opportunities providing a hindrance to him. Now, he dinks around two and lofts a cracker of a shot that Ederson only just palms away. Son meanwhile is fine to continue.
R. Mahrez
Gabriel Jesus
79' As Son gets some treatment, Jesus makes way for Riyad Mahrez in City's latest change.
79' Another more pressing problem might have arisen for Tottenham now, aside from the scoreline; Son is down following an ankle tap tackle from Joao Cancelo. The winger is down and needing some medical attention.
E. Dier
Yellow Card
77' More frustrations boil over now as Dier gets into a tangle following some neat work from Jesus. The subsequent free-kick is lofted into the box and drifted over the bar, but not before the Tottenham man is shown a yellow card.
74' It may be two months away, but both managers will surely be looking at how players face off today with an eye to that cup final at Wembley. City are missing one of their biggest stars in Kevin De Bruyne of course; you'd be forgiven for daring not to think what he might bring to this side.
G. Bale
E. Lamela
72' The tensions of Erik Lamela and Paul Tierney are over for now; the former is off and Gareth Bale is on.
Ferran Torres
İ. Gündoğan
69' It has been a wonderful game for Gundogan and he takes his leave as City's first change now, replaced by Ferran Torres.
68' Jose Mourinho will have some long words for his side after this. But City, maligned by many as they struggled across the first half of the campaign, look absolutely imperious right now. There's a long way to go in this Premier League season, but it would take something drastic for them to lose out on another title now.
İ. Gündoğan
66' GOAL! ILKAY GUNDOGAN GETS A DOUBLE FOR MANCHESTER CITY! 3-0! It's that rarity; an assist for a goalkeeper! City play it back to Ederson, he looks up and absolutely leathers it downfield. Gundogan beats out two defenders, muscles them off the ball and slots a finish past Lloris at close-range into the bottom-right corner. The hosts are cruising.
Ederson Moraes
66' It isn't often you see more players celebrating with the player who provided the assist than the goalscorer. But Rodri leads the host of City players who mob Ederson. They are absolutely delighted and why not? You don't get many of those. The keeper is grinning like he has just won the lottery.
E. Lamela
Yellow Card
65' Lamela has been skirting the edge of a yellow card all game and now he picks one up for a particularly clumsy challenge. Tottenham are getting frustrated.
D. Alli
T. Ndombèlé
64' Tottenham make their second swap of the game now, throwing on Dele Alli for Ndombele.
62' Phil Foden continues to make Tottenham's defence sweat today. The England man has not notched up an assist today but he has been instrumental on and off the ball.
60' You feel it is going to take something special for Harry Kane and company to turn this one around. It feels almost an eon since Tottenham were, alongside Everton, leading the charge at the top of the table. City's return to scintillating form, after a season and a half where they went a bit off the boil, has been particularly striking.
58' Gundogan almost hooks a second home, miscuing a cut-back cross that Spurs are able to clear cleanly from inside their own box. Down the other end, Ederson - who has had a particularly quiet game - makes an easy stop as a deflected ball wheels into his path.
56' City have had 10 shots so far in this game. Tottenham have had two. Of course, Spurs had infinitely less chances than their opponents in Mourinho's wins over Guardiola on the last two occasions.
54' Nodmbele draws the foul just inside the City half but the visitors find no real purchase with it. This could be a long second half.
52' Jose Mourinho, sporting a scarf whose bleak colour matches his expression, was not hugely impressed with that one. His side try to come back down the left edge now but they are cut out in quick order. 
R. Sterling
50' That is a pretty fine finish but the whole move from Raheem Sterling is worth a standing ovation. That was absolutely corking.
İ. Gündoğan
50' GOAL! ILKAY GUNDOGAN DOUBLES MANCHESTER CITY'S LEAD! 2-0! It is the work of Raheem Sterling to set this one up, the England man carving a dizzying path through the Tottenham box. He can't find a shot and ultimately plays off a one-two with Foden, before slipping Gundogan through a short gap near the six-yard area, whereupon the midfielder rifles home a close finish past Lloris. Superb, dreamy stuff.
48' The snow is drifting down here in an almost angelic fashion, ethereal as it settles and vanishes in small specks. Ethereal cannot be used to describe the tussle between Lamela and Jesus right now.
M. Sissoko
Lucas Moura
46' Spurs have made a change at the break, with Moussa Sissoko on for Lucas Moura. Let's see what that move can bring to the visitors in attack.
46' We're back underway at the Etihad Stadium for the second half. Will City see this one out in routine fashion or can Tottenham snap a result up here?
Pep Guardiola will have little complaints here, but Jose Mourinho will perhaps wonder if his side could have found more attacking avenues. Regardless, his side are still in this contest - but they may need to be a little bit more proactive on the whole.
A Rodri penalty calmly converted halfway through the first half is the difference at the break between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. The Premier League leaders have exerted themselves upon this match in typical fashion, but it took that spot-kick to break the deadlock - and with it, some of the visitors' fast-breaking resolve. This sits nicely balanced at the Etihad Stadium; at half-time, it is Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur.
45' There's just going to be the one added minute before the interval here. On the sidelines, Gareth Bale is almost going through his paces. Will he see an early introduction?
42' Silva! A golden chance for the City man is blocked at close-range after an exquisite cut-back, before Jesus blazes the follow-up over the crossbar. That should have maybe been 2-0 to the hosts.
40' Lamela is still chelping about that decision, with a lazy arm intentionally catching Jesus before the set-piece can be taken. Davies ultimately clears Cancelo's drifting effort and Spurs look to play it out from the back.
38' Foden again snaps up a set-piece chance for the hosts through another corner, but Tottenham see this one off industriously. Lamela and Gabriel Jesus meanwhile come together with the latter handed a free-kick, leaving the Spurs man furious.
36' Is that a penalty for City? Appeals are waved away but Sterling was convinced Davies had handled the ball with his upper arm inside the box there. A let-off, perhaps for Spurs.
35' It has been a bitterly cold week in northern England and it has now started to snow at the Etihad Stadium. The temperature on the pitch though is still particularly toasty, what with the energy levels.
33' Foden - in exceptional form this year - continues to cause problems at the back for Tottenham. They are finding it a challenge to deal with the nascent England international, who seems to be writing his name on Gareth Southgate's teamsheet for Euro 2020 with every game.
31' Silva now looks to make immediate amends with a delicate shot tucked in from just inside the Spurs box. It takes a defensive deflection and arcs calmly into Lloris' hands. Foden tries his luck a handful of seconds later and Dier deflects away.
Bernardo Silva
Yellow Card
29' Silva picks up the first booking of the game for a particularly brusque challenge. That was a little bit wasteful to get a yellow card.
27' The hosts have simply exerted further pressure since that opener now. Guardiola will know that a rinse-and-repeat job - keeping those Spurs counters to a minimum included - will be the easiest way to a result here.
25' It's hard to say if the hosts are strictly deserving of their lead - despite their pressure, they've not carved out a glorious opportunity yet. Still, a penalty is a penalty and they have the lead. A Spurs free-kick opportunity is drifted into the City box now, ably cleared away from danger.
Penalty Goal
23' GOAL! RODRI CONVERTS FROM THE PENALTY SPOT FOR MANCHESTER CITY! 1-0! The hosts have been wasteful with such opportunities this year but they make sure this one sticks, despite the best efforts of Hugo Lloris. The keeper gets his right glove to it as Rodri clips it left - but he can only push it into his own net rather than around the post. First blood to Pep Guardiola in this age-old tussle.
21' Sterling and Jesus twist and turn around the edge of the box, before a throughball is drifted in for Gundogan. Hojbjerg tangles with him and they both go down - and it is a penalty! Paul Tierney points to the spot. Spurs are furious. It will be Rodri who has a go.
19' Zinchenko, perhaps out of frustration, leathers a shot from distance as he looks to exploit a bit of space. It sails well wide of the mark and hands Lloris the goal-kick.
18' Kane leads another charge for the visitors, cutting a path down the left wing before he bends an attempted cross for Lamela over the crossbar and out of play.
16' This has been promising from Tottenham so far; they have restricted City's high press in the final third to minimal opportunities and are looking composed when they break back down the other end.
14' Off the post! Kane slaps it over the wall and into the near top-right corner of the goal-frame, seeing it rebound back into open play. Ederson manages to snaffle Lucas Moura's attempted return delivery.
13' Now Laporte clips Kane as he tries to shrug off a challenge at the end of a promising counter-attack, near the edge of City's penalty area. It is promising set-piece territory for the visitors.
12' Sterling and Silva come close to unlocking a delightful one-two down the left edge for City now, but are unable to quite pull off the last pass before Spurs smother it away.
9' Now Ndombele snakes his way into the City box with a rather daring run, just unable to disentangle himself from Stones and slip the ball to Son. Spurs are finding some decent purchase on the counter so far.
7' The weight of pressure so far is primarily City's, but Spurs are no slouch either, with Kane carving a dizzying path through midfield on an unfulfilled run a moment later. Flashes of spark for the visitors amid early heft from the hosts.
5' City harry Spurs exceptionally around the latter's box before the visitors launch a counter through the middle. A lob pass aimed for Son is intercepted before the South Korea international can do any damage.
3' An early corner for the hosts following some pressure from Foden sees the England man whip it in off the right. Rodri sends the delivery flying over the bar with a haphazard touch.
1' We are underway in this Premier League clash between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur!
The teams are out at the Etihad Stadium and we're moments away from kick-off.
We haven't even mentioned the fact that this would originally have been the first of two games between City and Spurs this month, before the FA moved the EFL Cup final back to April. Indeed, Guardiola and Mourinho will meet again at Wembley with silverware on the line; consider this a dress rehearsal.
Subs: Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Winks, Gareth Bale, Joe Hart, Moussa Sissoko, Dele Ali, Steven Bergwijn, Carlos Vinicius.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sancehz, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg; Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min; Harry Kane.
Subs: Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Sergio Aguero, Zack Steffen, Ferran Torres, Benjamin Mendy, Riyad Mahrez, Eric Garcia, Tommy Doyle.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.
Tottenham draft in three new faces after that marathon FA Cup exit against Everton in midweek, with Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga all in; the latter for his first Premier League start. Gareth Bale - whose return to north London has not quite been the fairytale hoped for - is on the bench.
Of course, this game isn't won by two men on the sidelines; it's won by the players on the pitch. With that in mind, Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte are the two changes for City from the side that drubbed Liverpool last time out, while Sergio Aguero returns to the bench after a Covid-19-enforced absence.
Indeed, it is Guardiola who has taken the lion's share of victories; 11 in all But their Premier League rivalry is a different story; it is three wins apiece, with two of the Portuguese's coming since he took charge of Spurs. Could he make it three on the bounce?
This is the 25th encounter between the pair, stretching back to when Mourinho's Inter held Guardiola's Blaugrana to a draw in 2009. They've contested four finals between them, including the 2013 Super Cup, when the latter's Bayern Munich trumped Chelsea on penalties.
Sure, Jurgen Klopp might be the man who has got the better of the Spaniard in terms of silverware over the past few years. But there are few like the Portuguese who present such a vexing opponent on the field for over a decade, best exemplified during the duo's Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry in La Liga.
In any other year, the Blues and the Lilywhites would still be a prime tie to sink the teeth into. But this isn't just any old match; it's the latest chapter in one of modern management's greatest rivalries; Pep Guardiola versus Jose Mourinho.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Premier League season as Manchester City look to continue their apparently unstoppable resurgance against one-time pacesetters Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium.