The last time City won 5-1 at White Hart Lane, they went on to win the League, and they look more than capable of doing the same again!
City were absolutely on fire last night (as they have been for some time) with David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure running the show. The Blues are undefeated in 20 games now – having won 18 of them, they are well on course to lift the coveted Premier League trophy come this May.
I must admit, when the teams were announced and I looked at Tottenham’s starting 11, I wasn’t that impressed. They were without the likes of Vertonghen, Lamela and Defoe – who, if they had all been playing, might have had a significant impact on the game and, ultimately, the end result. But with City’s ruthless mentality of “if you score 3, we’ll score 5” it probably wouldn’t have made that much of a difference anyway!
Silva surfed his way through Tottenham’s defensive lines throughout the game, which left Tim Sherwood’s team in pieces. The Spaniard fed several magical balls to the City attackers in the first half, which inevitably resulted in City’s first goal – an always exquisite finish from Sergio Aguero.
Unfortunately Aguero looked to pick up yet another hamstring injury just before half-time, and so had to be replaced by Stevan Jovetic for the last couple of minutes. This probably means that the Argentine is likely to miss this weekend’s crucial game against Chelsea (who will be wanting to bounce back after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to West Ham last night).
The second half kicked off with a bang, with 3 goals being scored in just under 15 minutes. Yaya Toure struck first from the penalty spot after Danny Rose was sent off for a bad tackle on Dzeko in the penalty box. A couple of minutes later it was Edin Dzeko’s turn to score, with his 15th goal of the season, making the scoreline 3-0 and diminishing all chances of a Tottenham comeback.
Tottenham managed to score one consolation goal just before the hour mark from a set-piece (which was their most effective method of attacking Joe Hart’s goal), before the City onslaught continued.
Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany put the final nails in Tottenham’s coffin after both getting a goal to their name later in the game, Jovetic with his first and Kompany with his third Premier League goal of the campaign.
After the game Tim Sherwood had this to say about City: “They are the best team on the planet, certainly the best team in the Premier League. We’ve played the champions today” what a great quote to hear from the former England midfielder, this in itself must put a seed of doubt in Jose Mourinho’s mind in the build up to their clash with the Blues at the Etihad next Monday.
City have come such a long way in the last few years, they used to be a ‘boring’ mid-table side with no hopes of winning any trophies, and now they look like they’re going to become one of the most dominant forces in world football for years to come!
– Daniel Cheeseman