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Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: 3 Things We Learned

A few lessons from Saturday’s big win.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

1 - If you want to break free from City’s high press, you have to be quick and accurate

The first half was dominated by spells of Spurs possession but it was sterile and deep within their own half. City’s high press penned them back further and further and it seems the only way you can break free from this is with quick and efficient passing. Spurs’ passing wasn’t and they were subsequently trapped. The second half showed improvement from the visitors but then they could not find clear routes to City’s goal.

2 - In the battle of promising English players on display, Raheem Sterling won it by far

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling are the three best English players at the moment and in this game, Sterling was head and shoulders above his opponents. Kane was restricted to long shots that were easily saved, Alli anonymous aside from a red-card worthy late challenge, but Sterling could have easily scored four goals. The winger has gone from a player with potential to a player with a performance, week in and week out.

3) City’s real test will come in Europe

Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and now Spurs have all fallen to Manchester City and there is no one in the Premier League that you can say poses a threat to Pep Guardiola’s side. Truly, it seems City’s real test now comes in Europe against the Champions League’s finest. Guardiola has elevated them to such a level that they now rightly hold a place among the very best and Rio Ferdinand even labelled them the best team in Europe after match.

Dominating your domestic league is one thing but if City want to be considered truly great, the Champions League is where they must prove themselves.