Manchester City secured their path into the Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Eastlands last night.

Peter Crouch, whose header sent Spurs into Europe's premier club competition last season, deflected the ball into his own net to give City a narrow win.

Roberto Mancini's side could now overtake third-placed Arsenal to ensure a direct route into the Champions League, rather than into the qualifying stages.

City's attention now turns to Saturday's FA Cup final against Stoke. Carlos Tevez is expected to play some part in proceedings after making an appearance from the bench against Spurs.

Harry Redknapp sought the positives after his side's defeat, reflecting on another fantastic season at White Hart Lane.

He acknowledged the recent poor run of nine points in 10 games put paid to their Champions League ambitions, but said Spurs will challenge again next season.


In other news, Sir Alex Ferguson claims Manchester United can dominate for years, with a squad containing the right blend of youth and experience.

John Terry has vowed to lead Chelsea to the Barclays Premier League title next season.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has hailed the impact of Luis Suarez in light of the Merseysiders' recent stunning form.

Finally, Samir Nasri is ready to commit his future to Arsenal after dismissing speculation linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

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