It may be too late to stop Manchester City'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 Guardiola's men on Saturday.
Spurs slowly got a foothold as City's relentless pace wore off - and Christian Eriksen pulled one back just before half-time when he wriggled onto Harry Kane's pass into the box and tucked home. The victory takes them one win away from the league title. We scored but, of course, City after 90 minutes were better.
But as Spurs looked like they might make amends for a awful first half, City found an escape via a rare foray forward: Lloris was tested from range and couldn't hold on to the ball.
There was no sign of City's recent troubles as they immediately found their groove and could have led with only three minutes on the clock.
These moves also changed City's attack by removing a winger and moving Raheem Sterling centrally.
After they were beaten by arch-rivals Manchester United a week earlier from two goals up when victory would have crowned them kings of England, then knocked out of Europe by Liverpool, some suggested that City were beginning to flag.
Man City: Ederson (8), Walker (7), Kompany (8), Laporte (6), Delph (6), Gundogan (8), D Silva (7), Sterling (8), De Bruyne (7), Sane (7), Jesus (8). "I think that many things happen during a lot of games, sometimes it is for you and sometimes not".
The Citizens have recorded a Premier League double over Spurs for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign (under Manuel Pellegrini).
Juergen Klopp's third-place side looks set to seal a place in the continent's top competition even if it doesn't lift the European Cup after beating Bournemouth 3-0 to stay 10 points clear of fifth-place champion Chelsea.
And just after the twenty-minute mark City grabbed the lead Gabriel Jesus raced onto Vincent Kompany's through ball, before dispatching low beyond Hugo Lloris, much to the delight of the 3,000 or so travelling fans.
It inflicted Spurs' first league defeat since losing 4-1 at City on 16 December, ending an unbeaten run of 14 matches.
A tumultuous return from the global break for Manchester City has come to an end.
Spurs came out to try and get themselves back in the game but City held on to pick the three points. After some more standout build-up play, the visitors came up short again when Silva's cut-back saw Sterling's shot blocked on its way to goal.
Pep Guardiola has helped to turn the 23-year-old into a consistent performer, and yet there's still clearly room for improvement.