De Bruyne lauds mentally tough City after slaying Spurs

"When I play football I forget about everything else, it is good for me to play", he said after scoring both goals in last month's 2-0 win at Stoke. It would be one of the best three seasons I have ever had as a player and as a manager.

Not that it's a big deal or anything - but Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola won't be watching the match that could affirm City as this year's Premier League Champions.

A shocking Jay Rodriguez goal gave West Bromwich Albion a rain-soaked 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, meaning United can not catch crosstown rivals Manchester City in the race for the Premier League crown.

City players were left celebrating the victory across the continent as they had travelled overseas after defeating Spurs on Saturday.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were also on target as Liverpool moved three points above Tottenham.

"I think Manchester City agreed with VAR but the other top teams, United, Chelsea, I think didn't want it".

Christian Eriksen pulled one back for Spurs before half-time but Sterling wrapped up the points in the second half.

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Jason Perez had two goals and three assists in the loss, with Dylan Dubitzky and Spencer Sands adding an assist each. Virginia scored four of the last six goals in the last 12 minutes, allowing them to tie the game at 6-6.

Jesus and Sterling passed up huge chances to add to their lead before Sterling - who also missed two great opportunities when City were 2-0 up on United last weekend - finally found the roof of the net after Lloris parried another Jesus effort. One win in their last ten league outings has not helped their cause either.

However, Olivier Giroud came off the bench to finally kickstart his Chelsea career with his first two Premier League goals for the club either side of Eden Hazard's leveller. "The Champions League is nearly like a little bonus".

There is a sense that Pep Guardiola's expensively-assembled side could be entering a period of domination, however, and Kompany says that is the next target for the squad.

City could yet finish the season with the most points, goals and wins from a single Premier League campaign.

How many points would Sergio Aguero et al accrue in this extraordinary league? You can't think about (how glad I'm) as a result of it's each three days, guys. We have another chance but when one team in November, December has to hear every day they are already champions, it is so complicated to focus on what we have to do.

Manchester City's fans celebrated long and loud after the final whistle at Wembley after a dazzling display by their team.

"If you bring in Guardiola, you are nearly guaranteeing yourself the league, that is what he does", said the Independent's chief sports writer.

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