To put some sugar on top of all and please the City owner and manager Roberto Mancini, the goal that sent them in Champions League was scored by the same man who denied them last year, Peter Crouch.
Roberto Mancini: “Congratulations to all the players because I think they did a fantastic Premier League campaign. We have got fourth position now and we still have another two games to go. For me it is an important moment because we have been working for this for one year very hard.”
Harry Redknapp: “I thought we played well, controlled the game for long periods and for an away team we had an awful lot of the ball. I’m delighted with the players. Danny Rose did a great job at left-back and Carlo Cudicini made a couple of good saves. I thought we played some great football.”
The Tottenham Hotpsur forward’s own goal after half an hour was enough to take City nine points clear of the Londoners, and out of Liverpool’s reach as well with two matches to spare.
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Milner, De Jong, Toure, Yaya, Johnson, Silva, Dzeko
Substitutes: Balotelli, Kolarov, Tevez, Wright-Phillips, Boyata, Given, Vieira
Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, Dawson, Gallas, Rose, Lennon, Palacios, Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart, Crouch
Substitutes: Kaboul, Pienaar, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko