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Pep Guardiola: Arsenal are champions if Manchester City sub keeper Stefan Ortega doesn't save from Son Heung-min

Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Manchester City's back-up goalkeeper Stefan Ortega after a 2-0 win at Tottenham and claimed his "incredible save" could be the difference in the Premier League title race.

Guardiola insisted before the match that City’s prospects of a fourth consecutive league championship would be over if they failed to win at Spurs.

After a disjointed first-half display they managed to improve and went ahead after 51 minutes when Kevin De Bruyne got in behind the Tottenham defence to tee up Erling Haaland for a tap-in.

It was far from straightforward for City afterwards, though, with keeper Ederson forced off with 69 minutes played after he collided with Cristian Romero, but his replacement Ortega stepped up to deny Son Heung-min when he was sent through one-on-one in the 86th minute.

Six minutes later Haaland tucked away a spot-kick for his 38th goal this term, after Jeremy Doku had been brought down, to send City two points clear of Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s final day.

"How is a team a team? Because of Ortega’s save. Otherwise Arsenal are champions," Guardiola admitted.

"That is the reality, the margins are so, so tight.

"Do you know how many times Son punished us in the last seven, eight years? Can I tell you how many goals he scored against us with Harry Kane?

"Oh my God, and I said 'not again,’ but Stefan makes an incredible save. It was amazing but he has this talent.

"In the one against one, he is one of the best keepers I have ever seen in my life. Stand up, don’t go down and he is so, so, good.

"Playing FA Cup, Carabao Cup, even this season Ederson had four times setbacks for injuries and always he was so reliable.

"He is an incredible keeper so the club and our trainer made an incredible decision to bring

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