City put themselves in position to win the league by bouncing back from a bitterly disappointing week to ease past Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday to remind everyone why they have been the best side in the country by a distance this season.
Pep Guardiola's team, who suffered three defeats in the space of six days against Liverpool (twice) and Manchester United, could be crowned champions as early as Sunday if Man United lose to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.
"When I play football I forget about everything else, it is good for me to play", he said after scoring both goals in last month's 2-0 win at Stoke.
Ben Davies' horrific 27th-minute tackle on Kompany typified Spurs' frustrations but there was salvation before the break for the hosts as Aymeric Laporte's clearance fired into the City goal off Eriksen. But City did not expect such a present from their enemies.
"We congratulate them because they are very close to winning the Premier League and after 14 games unbeaten for us, today was a hard game to play".
Guardiola said winning his first Premier League title would match anything he achieved at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The visitors were lightning quick on the counter and profited from a high Tottenham line, this time as David Silva drove through the middle before shifting wide to Kevin De Bruyne, the playmaker firing wide from range.
Speaking to reporters at Wembley, Pochettino said: "We started the game off really, really badly". "Today I tried to take my time, got around the goalkeeper and the defender blocked it".
Guardiola's men had done enough to be out of sight but Spurs got a lifeline just before half-time when Eriksen netted for a third game in a row.
Though the actual contact came outside the box, the referee pointed to the spot with Lloris lucky to stay on the pitch.
Ilkay Gundogan dispatched the resulting penalty to put Manchester City two goals ahead, but Tottenham fans on social media were soon crying at the injustice after Sky Sports confirmed the incorrect decision.