EPL: Man City Stumble But Title Still in Their Hands

EPL: Man City Stumble But Title Still in Their Hands Photo: TT
Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City — Photo by CosminIftode

Lukasz Fabianski’s penalty save ensured the Premier League title race appears destined to go down to the final day after leaders Manchester City drew 2-2 at West Ham United on Sunday.

City moved four points clear with the draw, fighting back from 2-0 down before Riyad Mahrez spurned the chance to win it from the spot, with second-placed Liverpool getting the chance to close the gap on Tuesday against Southampton.

Assuming Liverpool win at Southampton, one point will separate the sides ahead of the final where City host 13th-placed Aston Villa while the Reds entertain eighth-placed Wolverhampton.

City boss Pep Guardiola said: “We couldn’t expect different with this Liverpool - they are almost the perfect team.

“We didn’t expect to win the title with three, four or five games to spare. We’ve both done an exceptional season.

“We wont look at anyone else - well just try and win our game. I’m pretty sure the Etihad Stadium will be full and they’ll be supporting us.”

City’s recent prolific form, including scoring 22 goals and conceding only two across five games meant they have built superior goal difference over Liverpool.

As a result a defeat to the Hammers wouldn’t have handed over the initiative but they were staring down that barrel after two Jarrod Bowen goals put West Ham 2-0 up.

Jack Grealish fired one back in the 49th minute before Vladimir Coufal’s own goal from a 69th minute free-kick leveled it up.

Guardiola added: “Its in our hands. If they lose or win it depends on us; do the most perfect game we possibly can do, all the people, all blue people in Manchester, go to the streets and go to the stadium because they know we are going to give everything to win that game and they will be so proud.”

Ben somerford
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