Mahrez stars as City thump Spurs in EPL

Manchester City have cut Arsenal's lead at the top of the Premier League to five points with a come-from-behind 4-2 win against Tottenham.

Just when the defending champion's title defence looked in danger of suffering a latest blow - trailing 2-0 at half-time and being jeered by their own fans - goals from Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and two from Riyadh Mahrez settled a thrilling clash at the Etihad Stadium.

After the derby loss to Manchester United last weekend, City watched Arsenal open up an eight-point advantage at the top of the standings and risked losing further ground as Tottenham raced into a commanding first-half lead through goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal.

But a rousing fightback after the break saw City score three times in 12 minutes.

Mahrez had put the home team ahead in the 63rd minute and he killed off any chance of a late twist when breaking away to score again in the 90th.

City boss Pep Guardiola said on Sky Sports: "I cannot deny how happy we are. But we were far away from the team that we were.

"We concede four fouls and we don't react. There was nothing from the stomach and the guts, the passion, fire, desire to win from minute one."

Some City fans even booed at half-time.

Guardiola added: "They booed because we were losing but not because we played badly.

"Maybe it's the same as our team, maybe we are comfortable after four Premier Leagues in five years.

"How do I get the fire back? It's my duty, my job. I want my fans back. I don't recognise my team. I'm not going to tell you what I said."

Two-goal Mahrez added: "I thought we played good in the first half so when we came back we were frustrated.

"The manager spoke to us and we knew we could come back. We showed what we are.

"We scored two goals early and it put us in a great position. I think we deserved to win. It was a good night."

Spurs boss Antonio Conte said he was happier than last season with their performance against Guardiola's men.

"In the game last season Manchester City dominated the game. Today we played a good game with personality.

"At the same time I'm disappointed. It's the first time one of my teams has conceded four goals in one half.

"We have to try to improve and work with these players. We need time to try to create something important with this team."

City play Wolverhampton on Sunday and can move to within two points of Arsenal before the Londoners host United at Emirates Stadium.

with PA