Well, I certainly didn’t see this score line coming, but who am I to complain? Another complete performance from City today, it was an all around team effort; from defense to attack, everyone played well. Sure, it was a home game, where we have only given up 2 goals all season, but it was the way we played that leaves me speechless. The only way I can describe our play is breath taking. I like to think I’ve seen our best, but displays like today’s show we really have no ceiling on how good we can be. After a more than lack luster performance against Sunderland, which seemed to be years ago, this was a great way to quiet the mumblers and get rid of the rust from an international break.
Once we got our early, and I mean EARLY goal, I imagined the game would be wide open. But Spurs looked to be the team that would be next to score as City focused attention on countering. After a long period where Spurs dominated possession, City took advantage of an opportunity to counter, and put us up 2-0. After this goal, you could see the mood of the team shift to full-speed (pun intended!). Five minutes after this goal Navas, who continued his great match form, found the man of the moment, Aguero, who put City up 3-0 right before halftime.
Scoring those two goals before the end of the first half was exactly what we needed headed into the locker room. Not that there was any doubt that City would win this match, but it’s always good to have some breathing room heading into the second 45.
The halftime break didn’t stop the well-oiled machine that was City today. The second half was wide open as Tottenham looked to bring themselves back into the game, and that was all we needed to add another goal to our total. Five minutes into the second half Negredo used his underrated foot skills to get what should have been his second goal. That goal epitomized our dominance in this game. Beautiful first touch, leads to an easy goal; magnificent. After that goal it seemed almost certain that City would get another 7-0 victory, as we continued to put the pressure on Tottenham’s defense. Navas capped off his best day at City as he ran under a long pass/clearance from Milner and put a blast past Lloris into the bottom corner. Other than our 7-0 thrashing of Norwich, this must be up their in our season’s best performances from start to finish; there wasn’t a time where we lost concentration. Top draw stuff.
This was a great performance (obviously) against a top tier team in Spurs. They may not have been wowing people on the score sheet but, they are still at top of the league table and wins against those teams are a must if we want to contend for the title. But, I would love to not have to remind the other teams in the Premier League how good we are. I’d rather be instilling our dominance on other teams and causing concern.
Others will say differntly, but my feeling is Navas should be man of the match. There were many just as deserving, but his performance today was impeccable and his second goal was icing on the cake of his performance. But please, vote below!
Aguero (8) – Does such as great job of holding possession, especially in times when City would like to see play slow a bit. The rest of the team knows this, and just throws the ball up field to him, and he’ll find a chance at goal. Spectacular stuff, again, from him today.
Negredo (8) – I am certainly biased, but I think that goal should be his, not an own goal. The partnership between him and Aguero was full throttle today, and they looked great all around the field.
Nasri (8) – Spectacular build up play by him, with Aguero and Negredo as the benefactors. He has looked the player we hoped to get when he joined City, and I look forward to seeing more great play from the Frenchmen.
Navas (9 MotM) – Had his most influential game in a City jersey so far, and he really looked to be a “kid in a candy store”. Great to see him get his first goal with the club, and to get a beautifully worked assist on the Aguero goal late in the first half.
Yaya (7)– Still seemed to labor around at times in the defensive half, almost conceding a penalty when he lost Paulinho in the box. But, with his midfield partner back he was able to push forward and be an influence in attack. This was a much better performance than his last few.
Fernandinho (8) – Another great game for the Brazilian who was getting in great tackles, especially around the edge of the box. He seems to be everywhere on the field, and always seems to find himself with the ball at his feet.
Zabaleta (7)– Every beat of defensive play he is involved in has this “thud”- like sound to it. He did a great job to stop any attacking moves by Lamela, and others. Pretty sure he wanted a goal from this game.
Demi (7)– Continued his fine defensive work today. After the first half you didn’t see much of him, which is a good thing, of course.
Nastasic (6) – Covering runs well, and getting into the right spots to stop passes from getting through. He has a great ability to predict passes from opposing players.
Clichy (6) – Did a great job of intercepting long balls, and getting in front of attempted crosses. He had better defensive play through the whole duration of the game, but wasn’t really tested much.
Pantilimon (7) – Tested a good amount today, and his performances since filling in for Hart should really spark a fire in the English keeper.
Lescott (7) – Solid job by him after being called on as a second half sub, and definitely made the most of his 45 minutes. He got in front of many passes, and even blocked a shot from Spurs, good work all around.
Garcia (N/A) –
Milner (N/A) –