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Manchester City looked set to face a litmus test on their title credentials as they played host to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Despite their lukewarm performance in recent weeks, Mauricio Pochettino’s charges were hailed as the team that would put an end to City’s winning run of 15 consecutive games.
Spurs however fell way off the mark, as they slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the Etihad.
City were in front by the interval courtesy of an Ilkay Gundogan header, but it was in the second half that the hosts really came to the fore; Kevin De Bruyne converting a stinging shot as Raheem Sterling rounded of the fine performance with a brace.
By the time Christian Eriksen pulled one back in injury time City had already secured all three points, further extending their lead at the top of the table to 14 points; a gap that would however be trimmed the following day after Manchester United’s 2-1 win at the Hawthorns.
Beaten all title challengers
If Manchester City have received plaudits for being the best team in England, it’s probably because they are.
The Citizens have made a mockery of the Premier League by beating everything in front of them, including worthy title challengers.
City have beaten all top four sides, worst of all being Liverpool and Spurs who were battered 5-0 and 4-1 respectively. They have overcome all hurdles and as such deserve to dethrone Chelsea of the Premier League crown.
Manchester City are on an incredible winning run of 16 games with little signs of slowing down amid increasing talks of going the entire season unbeaten.
Whatever will happen during the second spell of the season is debatable insofar as going unbeaten is concerned, but the fact remains that Manchester City are deserving Kings of English football.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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