Manchester City comfortably beat Tottenham at the Etihad to extend their winning run to 16 games.
Ilkay Gundogan, in for the injured David Silva, opened the scoring inside 15 minutes, before a powerful angled effort from Kevin De Bruyne and a double from Raheem Sterling wrapped up the points in the second half, before Christian Eriksen scored a late consolation for the visitors.
Guardiola’s side now enjoy a 14 point lead at the top, having won 17 of their 18 games this season, with Tottenham dropping down to seventh, seven points away from aChampions League place.
Here, Sportsmail brings you a round-up of all the things you may have missed from the clash at the Etihad.
Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and a Raheem Sterling brace secured the points for Man City
A tale of two managers
Mauricio Pochettino has been at Spurs for more than three-and-a-half years. In that time, the Argentine has spent just six days at the summit of the Premier League.
For all of Tottenham’s title-chasing efforts, they haven’t even spent a week at the top under Poch, with Saturday’s rivals, Man City, enjoying 267 days in first place under Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola since Pochettino’s arrival.
Despite the gap in time spent at the top, in this situation, 6 days and 267 days hold the same value; neither of those figures gets you a winner’s medal unless one of those includes the final day of the season. Neither Spurs or City have won the Premier League under their current manager, but City look on course to change that come May 2018.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola got the better of Mauricio Pochettino at the Etihad on Saturday
Harry Kane takes a shot to the head
Harry Kane took a nasty shot to the face midway through the first half. Going up for a loose ball with Nicolas Otamendi resulted in the Premier League’s lone 50-goal-this-calendar-year striker taking a boot to the face.
Otamendi accidentally kicked the England striker, leaving him temporarily laid out on the Etihad turf. In the end, Kane dusted himself down pretty quickly and the Argentinian defender picked up his sixth booking of the season.
Harry Kane went up for a loose ball with Nicolas Otamendi during the first half
Otamendi accidentally kicked the England striker, leaving him temporarily laid out on the turf
Kevin De Bruyne dedicates goal to David Silva
After his venomous strike left Hugo Lloris with no chance to give City their second, Kevin De Bruyne appeared to make a ‘21’ gesture with his hands in dedication to David Silva.
City were without their star man – and number 21 – due to personal reasons and De Bruyne was quick to dedicate his striker to the Spanish play maker.
Kevin De Bruyne dedicated his goal to David Silva as he made a ‘21’ with his hands after scoring
Man City really kept Spurs at bay
Tottenham didn’t register a shot on target until the second half, and even then, Harry Kane’s effort was easily dealt with.
For all of City’s attacking brilliance and ability to score at will, they showed a resolute side to them against Tottenham. Kane’s 55-minute strike was the latest that Pochettino’s side had attempted their opening shot on target in a Premier League game this season.
Tottenham were blunt in attack and didn’t register a shot on target until the second half
Gabriel Jesus’ boot change
Gabriel Jesus experienced a difficulty of sorts with one of his boots, so he popped to the sidelines to quickly change them, as you often do in football nowadays.
The Brazilian began with two gold-coloured boots, only to swap one for a red boot in the second half. Interestingly, he struck his missed penalty with his right foot, the boot that wasn’t changed.
Gabriel Jesus went over to the sidelines to quickly change his boots after coming off the bench
The wrong week to select Silva
Four goals in his last three games made David Silva a man in demand, at least when it came to Fantasy Football.
The tricky Spaniard was the most signed player ahead of Gameweek 18, with 278,386 managers drafting him in, only for Silva not to even make the bench due to an injury.
That meant a substitute appearance for over a quarter of a million managers, but such is the depth of City’s squad, that Silva’s replacement, Ilkay Gundogan, scored within 15 minutes.
While that offers no consolation for a Fantasy Football manager who spent big on Silva this week, it does highlight City’s dominance and their squad depth is up there with the best in football.
David Silva’s replacement, Ilkay Gundogan, scored the opening goal within 15 minutes