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Pep Guardiola refuses to hit the panic button as Spurs beat Manchester City

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Kevin Palmer

Nothing is ever a certainty in the Premier League and Tottenham confirmed as much with a 3-2 win against Manchester City that blew the Premier League title race wide open.

Kane scored two goals to earn Tottenham a dramatic 3-2 win over Manchester City, whose lead at the top was cut to six points after Liverpool came from behind to defeat Norwich.

The England captain showed the club he looked set to join last summer what they missed out on as City’s 15-game unbeaten run was ended.

After playing his part in Dejan Kulusevski’s opener, Kane put Spurs back in front following Ilkay Gundogan’s equaliser with a sublime finish before delivering late drama at the Etihad Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez’s stoppage-time penalty had looked like stealing City a point but Kane, who also had a goal ruled out by VAR during the match, had other ideas, heading home the winner in the fifth minute of time added on.

The result was a huge boost to Liverpool’s title hopes after they battled back to beat struggling Norwich 3-1 earlier on Saturday.

“After going behind, they defended so deep and so compact – it was incredible,“ said City manager Pep Guardiola. “They don’t lose the ball with Harry Kane and can run as well with Son and Kulusevski.

“I think we played well. We created a lot of chances. I can’t say anything wrong about the team because we were there all the time. But it was difficult.

“They played the way I expected them to play. They were good in the build-up and created a lot of space to run on the counter-attack, but in general we coped well and played a good game.

“Everyone knows what Kane gives. For the first goal we defended the pass inside badly, but after 10 to 15 minutes we created a lot of chances. Lloris was brilliant. We have to score more.”

Kane appeared to be keen to join Manchester City last summer, but he reminded City what they wanted last summer with a stunning display at the Etihad Stadium.

“It was a crazy game. We worked so hard for so long,“ stated Kane. “We were 2-1 ahead for such a long time in the second half. To see the penalty awarded was so heartbreaking, but credit to the boys for creating another chance at the end.

“For me it was [about ending] three losses in a row and we had to find a way of getting our season back on track. To get the result we did was really, really special. The boys worked their socks off today. To get the goals was obviously nice. We were great from Hugo all the way through.

“We have high standards of ourselves and we’ve got ourselves in a position where we can really fight for the top four. Football’s about bouncing back. We can’t get too high or too low. The performance today show’s we’re fighting to the end. Hopefully we can use it as momentum going forward.

“We probably have to learn how to be more consistent in a long season. To be in the top four, it has to be on a consistent basis. We’ve got Burnley in midweek – they’re fighting for their lives so we know it’ll be a tough one.”

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