Rodri picks out Man City's unsung hero as Ederson reaction speaks volumes after Pep decision

Rodri has hailed Stefan Ortega's performance as incredible after Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to move with three points of a fourth consecutive Premier League title - as Ederson was reduced to tears after being substituted.

The Brazilian was replaced by Ortega with 20 minutes remaining in North London after suffering a blow to the head in an earlier collision with Son Heung-min

Ederson was quickly assessed by medical staff and despite initially carrying on, Pep Guardiola decided to substitute Ortega on in his place, a decision that left the Brazilian in tears on the Manchester City bench.

However, Ortega, who had been called into action from the bench four times this season, made a game-winning save in the 86th minute as he superbly denied Son in a one-on-one just seconds before Jeremy Doku won a penalty for Erling Haaland to convert and seal a vital 2-0 win.

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And speaking to Sky Sports after the game Rodri couldn't hide his adulation of the stand-in goalkeeper, whose save has put City on the brink of an unprecedented fourth straight Premier League title.

"This is football. The areas. I think we have the best striker in the world and today he made the difference," said the midfielder. "People will talk about him [Haaland], but today the team needed two goals and Stefan [Ortega] was simply incredible.

"We were 1-0 up and he made three outstanding saves. I have no words. Eddy [Ederson] was a bit frustrated but the substitution makes sense because he had a concussion. It is history again, but we need one more effort."

Asked about the significance of returning from North London with all three points thanks to a second-half brace from Haaland, Rodri added: "It’s unbelievable. For us, it has given us the chance to fight again in the last game. We know it is still one more game. Today showed the character and the mentality of this team.

"We came here to win and that is what we do. The mentality of these guys, the substitutions I wanted to talk about the substitutions. Stefan, he saved us. Jeremy was unbelievable. All the players that came in were sensational and it says a lot about the team."