It may be too late to stop Manchester City’s march to the Premier League title, but Tottenham Hotspur can further delay the title party and further embolden challengers next season by inflicting a fourth straight defeat on Pep Guardiola’s men, today.
City have suffered their worst week since Guardiola took charge with three successive defeats for the first time under the Catalan coach.
Liverpool romped into the Champions League semifinals 5-1 on aggregate win by winning both legs of their quarter-final, whilst City also blew a two-goal lead and the chance to win the title against local rivals Manchester United in losing the Manchester derby 3-2 last weekend.
The champions-elect still boast a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League with six games remaining.
And they could even be crowned as early as Sunday with victory at Wembley allied to defeat for United at home to West Brom.
City thrashed Spurs 4-1 when the sides met earlier in the season in the midst of a record 18-game winning run that amassed their commanding lead at the top of the table.
However, by conceding eight times in three games, Guardiola’s men unveiled a weakness that hadn’t been exposed by their Premier League rivals for the vast majority of the season.
Liverpool’s bold approach has contrasted to most when faced with the might of City’s attacking arsenal and Jurgen Klopp has been rewarded with three wins in four meetings with the runaway Premier League leaders this season.
Likewise, United scored three times in 16 minutes once forced to attack by a half-time deficit that could have been far greater had the hosts taken their chances.
City also looked like a side running out of gas as they let half-time leads slip away twice in the past week after blistering first-half performances.
“The exceptional thing has been 10 months winning, winning, winning and losing just one game,” said Guardiola, whose side need two wins to guarantee themselves the title.
“Now we have a mini-league for six games and we are going to try and close it.”