By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City sent out a message to the rest of the Premier League with a 5-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, with Edin Dzeko grabbing four.
Micah – who agreed a new four year contract with City earlier this week – was named among the substitutes as Spurs set straight out to attack, Aaron Lennon driving a right-footed effort wide of Joe Hart’s goal.
New signing Samir Nasri and David Silva were linking up well in the middle and the latter forced Brad Friedel into a low stop minutes later, with Sergio Aguero missing the chance to follow up.
Rafael van der Vaart responded at the other end as he spun away from Joleon Lescott and struck a venomous shot that Hart had to parry, but City continued to dominate as Silva saw another well-placed effort forced away by the Spurs stopper.
A curling van der Vart free-kick almost caught Hart out moments later, but it was City who gained the initiative as they grabbed the opening goal; Nasri aiming a cross at Edin Dzeko and the giant forward touching home to make it 1-0.
And before Harry Redknapp’s men had time to collect themselves, it was two. Another fine ball in by Nasri saw Dzeko rise above Younes Kaboul to head the ball across goal and into the back of the net to grab his and City’s second.
The Bosnian could have sealed his hat-trick within minutes when he marched forward and smashed a pile-driver goalwards, but Fridel was alert to the danger, though it took just minutes of the second half for him to grab his third.
Fine work by Yaya Toure saw him eventually pick out Dzeko and the forward was able to smash the ball beyond Friedel and into the back of the net to make it 3-0 and add insult to injury for Redknapp despite what we can imagine will have been a firm half-time talk.
It was only going to get worse as Aguero got in on the act, gliding through the Spurs defence and blasting the ball past the American stopper to make it 4-0.
Micah was introduced with 25 minutes remaining, just in time to see Kaboul grab a goal back for Spurs from a corner after being well picked out by van der Vaart, but the Dutchman’s afternoon was to be curtailed through a suspected hamstring injury.
There was still time for City to grab a fifth, with Dzeko playing a neat one-two before powering the ball beyond the reach of Friedel to make it 5-1 and secure the match-ball.
City’s passing had been sublime throughout and Redknapp will have some serious questions to answer, whilst Mancini will be pleased his side are already displaying potential title-winning form.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Johnson, Savic, Tevez, Balotelli.
Tottenham: Friedel, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Kranjcar, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Walker, Livermore.