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Stefan Ortega’s energetic display praised as City draw closer to title

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In Manchester City‘s pursuit of an unprecedented fourth successive Premier League title, an unlikely hero emerged from their star-studded lineup to make a potentially game-changing contribution.

Manager Pep Guardiola made a cautious decision to substitute goalkeeper Ederson, who had suffered a nasty blow to the head in a collision with Tottenham defender Cristian Romero. Despite Ederson’s reluctance, Guardiola, acting on advice from the club doctor, replaced him with Stefan Ortega, whom he trusts implicitly.

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Ortega, who has consistently performed well when called upon this season, delivered a stellar 21-minute performance that may have secured City’s sixth title in seven seasons.

After the final whistle, with City on the brink of clinching the championship, Guardiola showed his appreciation by greeting Ortega with a kiss on the cheek for his vital contribution.

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Guardiola did not hold back with the praise as he said: “Ortega is a world-class goalkeeper. An exceptional, exceptional goalkeeper. Ederson did not have concussion, he had a problem with his eye. He could not see properly so the doctor said I should change.”

Tottenham Hotspur defied skeptics who suggested they might ease off, potentially handing rivals Arsenal their first Premier League title in 20 years.

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Ange Postecoglou’s side, in fifth place, were fully committed to chasing a goal of their own as they sought a place in the Champions League. Despite their efforts, they fell short in their bid to upset Manchester City’s traditional title charge, ultimately securing Aston Villa’s fourth-placed finish and a spot in European football’s top tier.

Stefan Ortega, City’s goalkeeper, made an immediate impact by denying Spurs substitute Dejan Kulusevski with a crucial save.

He then repeated the feat shortly after, preventing what could have been a costly equalizer. The most significant moment came in the closing minutes, with City desperately holding on to their one-goal lead. Son Heung-min had a clear opportunity to score, but Ortega stood strong, waiting for Son to make his move before making a crucial save with his right leg.

Ortega’s heroics drew high praise, with Manchester City captain Kyle Walker likening him to Bayern Munich legend Manuel Neuer. Guardiola, too, expressed his relief and elation at Ortega’s performance, throwing himself dramatically to the ground in the technical area.

Erling Haaland added a second goal for City from the penalty spot in added time, securing his 38th goal of the season. City’s unbeaten run of 22 Premier League games since their loss to Aston Villa in December has been a testament to their resilience and ability to perform under pressure.

With one more win needed to secure the title, City are in a familiar position and are unlikely to falter. Ortega’s crucial saves and overall performance have played a significant role in City’s success this season, earning him praise and gratitude from his teammates and manager alike.

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