"I must say that we had demands for him but he always wanted to stay too".
City still need 6 points to wrap up the title and will be desperate for a win against the Lilywhites to boost their confidence and morale and look to finish the season on a high.
"What they lived in the last week was so unfair but they deserve (to win the league) and now we have a match ball". Since then City have faced United, who came from behind to beat them at the Etihad and Liverpool, who did a similar comeback victory.
City had a big chance to restore their two-goal lead on 63 minutes after Gundogan found Jesus with a good pass but the Brazilian scuffed his shot from 12 yards. Happy, and satisfied. Relaxed enough to declare he was going to play golf with his son rather than watch second-placed Manchester United play West Bromwich Albion in a match that will have implications on his team's ability to clinch the title.
Christian Eriksen fortuitously halved the deficit three minutes before the interval and an improved second-half performance from Spurs left City in jeopardy of surrendering a two-goal lead just as they did in last week's Manchester derby.
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Ireland's Paul Dunne , who headed to the last day leading by one, finished second with a round of 71 for an 18-under par total. The 23-year-old Spaniard earned his third European Tour win a week after finishing fourth at the Masters in Augusta.
In the race for the Player of the Year award with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, the Belgian has been exceptional this season.
Kane has 25 goals this season and is chasing his third successive Golden Boot for Tottenham, a feat Henry completed during his Arsenal days.
All of Liverpool's prolific front three were on target as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struck either side of Salah's deft header to take their combined tally for the season to 82.
Mauricio Pochettino's men came on strong at the start of the second period, but City deserve great credit for eventually re-establishing control and demonstrating the sort of mental fortitude which ensured they held on for all three points. Of course, that result only delays their inevitable march to the Premier League title, but it was a remarkable collapse. Though the foul was right on the edge of the box, the referee pointed to the spot and Gündogan hit a ideal penalty kick to make it 2-0 in the 25th minute.
"It's still five games to go".
However, they now enjoy a six-point cushion over Southampton thanks to a thrilling 3-2 win over Brighton at Selhurst Park with Wilfried Zaha scoring twice.
However, the Gunners now risk the ignominy of finishing the season seventh behind Burnley after a fifth consecutive away league defeat as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle yesterday.