It only took City till the fifth minute mark to get themselves in front. Kieran Trippier made a huge error, misplacing his header towards Hugo Lloris which allowed Sterling to get in behind the Tottenham defence. He squared the ball to Riyad Mahrez who tapped it home, dedicating his goal to the victims of the tragic Leicester City helicopter crash.
Man City were causing problems for Spurs early in the second half, but missing the end product, with Sterling missing from close range and Kyle Walker putting too much on a through ball to Sergio Aguero that would have given the Argentine a clear path to the goal.
Shortly after the restart City missed huge opportunities to kill the game off. Lloris passed the ball straight to Aguero, but couldn’t get his shot off, the erratic French stopper being bailed out by Eric Dier. Minutes later Bernardo Silva broke clear and squared the ball to David Silva who also couldn’t get a shot away, and Sterling didn’t do much better with the finish.
Tottenham should have been level with 10 minutes to go when substitute Dele Alli, playing in his first game after missing time with a hamstring injury, setup Erik Lamela in the City penalty area only for the Spurs' striker to sky his first-time shot over the crossbar.
The result means Man City remain unbeaten with 26 points out of a possible 30, while Spurs are five points further back in fifth.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was a great victory in special conditions, against one of the most physical teams in Europe. We had many chances. We have to score and we didn't. That is why hopefully we will improve in the future.
"It was not football conditions to play. We reacted well. For our players and the players of Tottenham, hopefully they will sort the problem for the future."
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Erik Lamela's missed chance:"When the ball was going to Erik I said 'goal' but no, watching the replay, the ball just bounced before his boot and that is why he missed.
"I think it was a great game in difficult circumstances. I feel very proud. The effort was fantastic and we competed really, really well. It is a shame we conceded after five minutes but the team was good. I am happy with the performance."
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Raghav Mittal has grown up with Sports basically a part of his DNA. Having completed his graduation in BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Management from Nottingham Trent University (England), he has worked for the likes of Nottingham Forest FC and Liverpool FC. Raghav might be a part of our Football team but that isn’t where his love for Sports is limited to - Cricket, Formula 1, Tennis, Athletics, Golf, and Basketball bring out the passion in him just as much!