Tottenham Hotspur tasted defeat last night on a churned up Wembley pitch, as an early Man City goal sank Spurs.
Mahrez struck from close range after just six minutes, something that Spurs were never able to recover from.
Tottenham dominated large parts of the game but were unable to find the back of the net.
A harsh offside call as Harry Kane went through on goal and a blaze over the bar late on from Erik Lamela proved to be Tottenham’s best chances for a breakthrough.
The game quickly became a physical and aerial affair as the battered Wembley pitch made slick passing moves extremely tricky on the cold Monday evening.
The third NFL game this month was played on the turf on Sunday, only 24 hours before the Tottenham Manchester City match kicked off.
Pep Guardiola showered Tottenham with praise after his side clinched the victory, and singled out one man in particular for changing the entire game.
Football London report he said this when describing how physical Spurs are: “I am not talking about intention, when you see them in the tunnel, Eric Dier, Dembele and Sissoko and Lucas Moura is also jumping and Sanchez and Alderweireld. It is incredible how strong they are.
“I felt that when I played against Tottenham in White Hart Lane in my first year, we lost 2-0 and we could have lost 4-0. Then I realise how physical they were and that is why I give them a lot of credit in playing the way we played because it is something incredible, the way we played in that condition, so I give them a lot of credit.
“Tottenham is one of the teams I admire the most for the way they play, I think the grass today did not help them either, they have a lot of quality to play. Harry Winks came on the pitch and changed the game so they are an exceptional team.”
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