Haaland says he wasn’t ‘man of the match’ for Man City v Spurs regardless of two targets

Erling Haaland has hailed Stefan Ortega for helping Manchester City put one hand on the Premier League trophy again.

Ortega replaced the injured Ederson during City’s crucial 2-0 win at Tottenham on Tuesday night and produced an inspired performance in goal. The German keeper pulled off a string of stunning saves – including one from Son Heung-Min to stop Tottenham from equalising in the second half.

Haaland sealed the victory moments later from the penalty spot to send Pep Guaridola’s men top of the table with just one game remaining. City can clinch a record fourth straight title with a win over West Ham at the Etihad on Sunday.

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And Haaland has piled praise on Ortega for leaving the reigning champions on the cusp of creating more domestic history. He said: “He’s a fantastic keeper. All the praise to him. He’s a great guy. He was man of the match.

“Ederson also made some fantastic saves and it’s important. That’s why we need everyone in the team and people that don’t start. We have to help each other.”

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Haaland admitted City were full of nerves ahead of the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. And he has urged his side to push on and finish off the job, to pip Arsenal to the league crown.

He added: “Of course you go through a lot of emotions in the game. Everyone felt it and was so nervous, but we did the job, and we look forward now.

“In the end, it’s about staying focused and trying to do our job on the pitch and play football. We managed to do it. Tottenham are a good team and it was really difficult.

“There were a lot of emotions, but we won and that’s the only thing that matters.

“Now we relax and focus on the next one. We believe in ourselves. We now have one final left – let’s go for it.”