By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City crushed Tottenham Hotspur 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium to maintain their stunning home record so far this season.
Micah was among the substitutes as Manuel Pellegrini’s men sought to keep pace with table-topping Arsenal, whilst Andre Villas-Boas’ men looked to come back from the defeat they suffered at the hands of Newcastle in their last league outing.
However, things couldn’t have started worse for Spurs as they fell behind with just 14 seconds on the clock. Hugo Lloris’ poor clearance fell to Sergio Aguero, whose shot he parried, but Jesus Navas was there to curl beautifully over the stopper and hand City the lead with only seconds on the clock.
Erik Lamela went close to equalising minutes later after a mix up between Costel Pantmillon and Martin Demichelis before the effort was cleared off the line, whilst Aguero’s attempted dink over Lloris when through on goal was just inches too low.
Spurs came in to the game with the league’s best defensive record but it was difficult to see how given how shambolic their backline was. And it was from such disorganisation that City eventually did double their lead, Alvaro Negredo’s shot, after Aguero himself had been denied, blocked only for the ball to rebound off Sandro and into the net.
It was three soon after, Navas picking out Aguero at the far post and the Argentina international tapping home. The visitors couldn’t get to half-time quick enough and it would have taken a monumental comeback to turn things around given the first half displays of both sides.
As it was, there wasn’t one. Within 5 minutes of the restart Yaya Toure was played through and, having held off a couple of challenges he picked out Aguero to fire home his second and City’s fourth, whilst Samir Nasri almost added a fifth with a miscued cross that rebounded off the bar.
Negredo did add a fifth two minutes later, turning Michael Dawson and firing beyond Lloris to make it 5-0 after 56 minutes, whilst Fernandinho scuffed his chance to grab a first goal for the hosts when he was teed up two yards from goal.
There was time for a sixth as Jan Vertonghen failed to cut out a long ball forward to Navas, and the Spaniard – instrumental in so many of the goals – finally grabbed his second as he beat Lloris to make it 6-0 and job done for Pellegrini’s men.
Man City: Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy; Navas, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri; Negredo, Aguero.
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Vertonghen; Paulinho, Sandro; Lennon, Holtby, Lamela; Soldado.