Before last week Wednesday Champion League loss to Liverpool at Anfield, Manchester City looked unstoppable and heavily tipped for a treble and also expected to wrap up the Premier League title in a record time against neighbours-Manchester United. However, it was not to be as the Citizens were beaten home and away by the Reds and humbled at home by the Devils; making it three losesÂ in one weekÂ for Pep Guardiolaâ€™s men. With another tricky tie against in-form Tottenham Hotspurs at Wembley Stadium this weekend, Cityâ€™s losing streak faces another long stretch
It may be too late to stop Manchester Cityâ€™s march to the Premier League title, but Tottenham Hotspur can further delay the title party and further embolden challengers next season by inflicting a fourth straight defeat on Pep Guardiolaâ€™s men today.
City have suffered their worst week since Guardiola took charge with three successive defeats for the first time under the Catalan coach.
Liverpool romped into the Champions League semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate win by winning both legs of their quarter-final, whilst City also blew a two-goal lead and the chance to win the title against local rivals Manchester United in losing the Manchester derby 3-2 last weekend.
The champions-elect still boast a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League with six games remaining.
And they could even be crowned as early asÂ SundayÂ with victory at Wembley allied to defeat for United at home to West Brom.
City thrashed Spurs 4-1 when the sides met earlier in the season in the midst of a record 18-game winning run that amassed their commanding lead at the top of the table.
However, by conceding eight times in three games, Guardiolaâ€™s men unveiled a weakness that hadnâ€™t been exposed by their Premier League rivals for the vast majority of the season.
Liverpoolâ€™s bold approach has contrasted to most when faced with the might of Cityâ€™s attacking arsenal and Jurgen Klopp has been rewarded with three wins in four meetings with the runaway Premier League leaders this season.
Likewise, United scored three timesÂ in 16 minutesÂ once forced to attack by a half-time deficit that could have been far greater had the hosts taken their chances.
City also looked like a side running out of gas as they let half-time leads slip away twice in the past week after blistering first-half performances.
â€œThe exceptional thing has been 10 months winning, winning, winning and losing just one game,â€ said Guardiola, whose side need two wins to guarantee themselves the title.
â€œNow we have a mini-league for six games and we are going to try and close it.â€
Elimination at the quarter-finals of the Champions League in particular soured a hitherto stunning season from City as their wait to conquer Europe continued despite amassing a squad worth an estimated 853 million euros (Â£747 million, $1 billion) in transfer fees alone.
However, Guardiola believes delivering the first Premier League title of his reign was the priority for his second season in charge.
â€œAfter Tottenham we have one week long week to Swansea, one long week to West Ham just to win the two games to win the most important competition. The Premier League shows how good you are every three days.â€ Whilst Spurs were torn apart at the Etihad in December, Mauricio Pochettinoâ€™s men have also shown no fear in their previous meetings with Guardiolaâ€™s City.
Spurs inflicted Guardiolaâ€™s first defeat in English football in a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win at White Hart Lane last season, and can solidify their place in the top four by inflicting more pain on City.
Pochettinoâ€™s men hold a 10-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea, but insists his ambition is to succeed City as champions next season.
â€œWe are in the race for top four and that for Tottenham is a massive achievement to finish in the top four for the third season in a row,â€ said PochettinoÂ on Thursday.
â€œThat is so important, but the ambition is to win titles and one day the Premier League or Champions League.â€
Spurs have not lost in the league since that defeat in December and Pochettino says City have set the benchmark this season.
“We need to be consistent during the whole season and be the best team like Manchester City is doing today. We need to show ourselves that we can compete.
“In footballÂ in 90 minutesÂ you can win or lose, but we need to be more consistent through the whole season in result and performance because you need to be consistent if you are going to win.”
They have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions and have won their last two home league games against Man City.