City turn on the style again as abysmal Spurs are hit for six

Pellegrini’s men bring their healthy goal tally to 26 in six home league games

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo  scores his side’s fifth goal during their English Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo scores his side’s fifth goal during their English Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 01:00

Manchester City 6 Tottenham 0

If Manchester City could just sort out their away form, then the Premier League might get a team that is capable of pulling away from the pack. They have now scored 26 times in six Premier League games on their own ground.

Add another 11 from their three cup ties and it can start to feel like a trick of the mind that Manuel Pellegrini’s team have already have lost four games on the road. Brilliant yet bewildering, it surely cannot be long before the disparity is less startling.

They began in a hurry, scoring in their first attack, and by the time they were done it was almost a surprise they had not helped themselves to a new club record for the second time in three weeks. After the fifth, ten minutes into the second half, they had looked a safe bet to better the recent 7-0 against Norwich City, when previously the last time they won by that margin the top flight was December 1968, against Burnley.

Instead, they settled for only more, in stoppage time, when Pablo Zabaleta launched a long ball forward, Jan Vertonghen feebly hung out his leg and suddenly Jesus Navas was running clear. It was the defending of an alehouse team and, for Spurs, the story of a gruesome ordeal that should actually have been even worse. Sergio Aguero will reflect on another two goals to reinforce his position as possibly the most accomplished striker ever to wear the club’s colours, but it would have been a hat-trick if the Argentine had not missed the kind of chance he usually scores blindfolded.

Fernandinho, unmarked and six yards out, completely missed his kick and there was a wonderful moment typifying City’s performance when the renascent Samir Nasri curled a shot against the crossbar with the outside of his right boot.

Every department
Spurs were abysmal, in every department. The tone was set when Hugo Lloris, with his first touch of the game, kicked the ball straight to Aguero, saved the shot and then watched Navas turn in the rebound for the fifth quickest goal since the Premier League’s formation.

Not as fast as Ledley King’s 9.9 seconds for Spurs against Bradford, but not too shabby at 13 seconds.

Another poor kick from Lloris also formed part of the story for the second goal but that is not to say the Frenchman was any worse than his colleagues.

A team cannot defend this generously against a side of City’s attacking gifts and expect to get away with it. Vertonghen’s part in the final goal said it all. The same also applies to the way Alvaro Negredo took the ball off Michael Dawson, on the edge of the penalty area, to rattle in the fifth.

Once again, the appreciative chants of “Beast” rang out around City’s fortress. Negredo had also been prominently involved in the second and can consider himself unfortunate that it will go down as an own goal for Sandro. Lloris had kept out Aguero’s effort and Negredo’s effort was on target before deflecting off Younes Kaboul, against Sandro, and into the net.

By the stage Sandro had already been seen vomiting on the pitch. He was not the only one, however, to be dizzied by the rampant home side.

Navas and Nasri were excellent in the wide positions but the Spurs full-backs afforded them far too much space. Vertonghen had gone awol when Navas crossed for Aguero to nip between Dawson and Kaboul and poke in the third goal after 40 minutes.

Kyle Walker was not much better on a day that ended with the team’s goal difference at minus three. They have managed only nine goals in their 12 league games and it is strange Jermain Defoe is barely getting a look-in when they are so sterile in attack. Emmanuel Adebayor, coming off the bench for his first action this season, is not the answer.

The game’s outstanding moment? There are plenty to choose from but Aguero’s second goal was certainly a candidate. Yaya Toure played one-twos with Fernandinho and Negredo in the build-up, surging through the Spurs defence and expertly rolling the ball into Aguero’s path. Thirty-seven goals in nine home wins, City will be unstoppable if they can start playing with this sophistication on their travels.
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