Published: Tue, April 23, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Foden puts Man City back on top

Foden puts Man City back on top

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira believes the Premier League title race will be dependent on players' fitness.

After overcoming an emotional Champions League quarter-final exit by Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, City returned to the top of the Premier League table with a nervy 1-0 win over the north London club on Saturday.

City will retain the Premier League title if they win their next four matches, starting with the derby against city rivals Manchester United on Wednesday night. They need points to be in the top four and we need them to fight for the title.

Manchester City have been handed a major blow ahead of their derby clash against Manchester United, with the news that Kevin De Bruyne is likely to be ruled out of action with a hamstring injury.

In all those games City paid the price for spells where they totally lost control of the game, conceding multiple goals in short blitzes. He said that they only depend on themselves but Liverpool depends on them and they would like to keep it that way. So we expect a very hard game against one of the best sides in England.

"We felt the atmosphere - the fans were great today, as they were three days ago". Spurs had numerous chances to level but City held on in a tense and scrappy finale for three vital points.

Pep Guardiola has praised Phil Foden as "special" after the 18-year-old's winning goal against Tottenham.

As well as Foden's crucial contribution in only his second Premier League start, Guardiola was indebted to City goalkeeper Ederson for a series of fine saves as the champions gave a nervous display at the Etihad Stadium. Sometimes a manager just has a feeling - and it was a good decision, because we won.

The 1998 World Cup victor said: "It's a derby, and it's always hard to play a derby, but I think City in the last couple of years has been the best team in Manchester". It was very warm outside and we played a very tough team with less than 72 hours to recover.

"From the first time I saw him, when I just landed here, (director of football) Txiki (Begiristain) told me, "You have to meet one player, 15 or 16 years old".

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