Sunday, 24 November 2013

Premier League - Manchester City smash six past miserable Spurs


Premier League, Etihad Stadium - Manchester City 6 (Navas 1, 90; Sandro (O.G.) 34; Aguero 41, 50; Negredo 55) Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Eurosport - Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo
Manchester City ran riot against Tottenham as they cruised to a 6-0 win in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manuel Pellegrini's men continued their perfect home record in the league, and the 2011-12 champions have now averaged four goals a game in home matches this season.
Tottenham's defence, the meanest in the league going into Sunday's match, was repeatedly cut open by the home side from the opening moments of the game: indeed, the first goal took just 14 seconds as City made the most of an abysmal clearance by Hugo Lloris that gifted the ball to Aguero. Lloris saved the Argentine's shot, but Jesus Navas was on hand to thump in the rebound.
Spurs were initially undaunted, and began to dominate possession - yet they never seemed to know what to do with it.
City, by contrast, were ruthless whenever they got within sight of goal. Alvaro Negredo's scissor kick from a loose ball cannoned in off Younes Kaboul and Sandro just after the half-hour mark, while Aguero made it three just before the break finishing a brilliant team move.
Aguero and Negredo added further goals just after the break, while Negredo finished things up in style with an injury-time strike to punish a blunder by Jan Vertonghen.
The superb win for City lifted them into fourth - albeit with neighbours Manchester United still to play later on Sunday - but it will not answer the questions hanging over them about their inability to shine away from home turf.
Tottenham, meanwhile, join the growing list of teams to have been put to the sword in fine style by the Premier League's most exciting attack.
What will worry them more than the scoreline, however, was their continued inability to turn possession into goals - with a terrible first Premier League start for Erik Lamela being just one of many problems, and Moussa Dembele's excellent showing from the bench the only bright spot.

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