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Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham Hotspur

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Jesus Navas (left) watches his chip beat Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris which put Manchester City ahead after 14 seconds

A rampant Manchester City thrashed Tottenham to reassert their title credentials and move six points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The hosts went ahead after 14 seconds when a poor Hugo Lloris clearance led to Jesus Navas brilliantly chipping in.

Alvaro Negredo's shot went in off Sandro and Sergio Aguero turned in a cross to put City 3-0 up at half-time.

Impossible to play better - Pellegrini

Aguero again slotted in before Negredo's 18-yard strike and a side-footed Navas shot completed the rout.

City have struggled on their travels this season but at home they have been an irresistible force and they were once again in sublime form at Etihad Stadium, where they have a 100% record in the present campaign with six wins from as many games.

The movement and ruthlessness of Aguero, the invention of Samir Nasri, the midfield power of Yaya Toure and pace of Navas was too much for a shell-shocked Spurs as they suffered their biggest league defeat since losing 7-1 to Newcastle in December 1996.

The defeat left Tottenham with just one point from their last three top-flight outings and the drop in form has put them ninth in the Premier League.

Spurs had only conceded one league goal on the road this season - and six in total - but any hope they may have had before the game evaporated after just 14 seconds.

Lloris sent a clearance straight to Aguero and, even though the Tottenham keeper parried the Argentine's resulting 22-yard shot, he was beaten when Navas got to the loose ball ahead of Younes Kaboul and brilliantly scored with a first-time chip.

The visitors tried to respond and City centre-back Martin Demichelis cleared an Erik Lamela shot off his goal-line after keeper Costel Pantilimon had missed a low Kyle Walker cross.

However, that was as good as it got for Tottenham as City stunned their rivals.

Aguero latched on to a Nasri cross and, despite Lloris getting a hand to the striker's chipped shot, the ball fell to Negredo, whose shot rebounded off Kaboul and Sandro on the way into the net.

City right-back Pablo Zabaleta then released Navas on the right flank and the Spaniard's inviting low cross was expertly turned in from Aguero as the hosts all-but wrapped up the game before half-time.

Everything went wrong - Villas-Boas

Pellegrini's side continued to dominate after the break and Toure played a one-two with Negredo before surging into the Tottenham box and squaring for Aguero to slot in his 14th goal in 11 games for the club this season.

A Nasri effort came back off the crossbar before the quality of Negredo's finish for City's fifth then epitomised the home side's confidence.

The Spain forward produced a drag back from Fernandinho's through ball to leave defender Michael Dawson trailing before rifling a shot past Lloris from the edge of the box.

Pantilimon had to save an angled shot from recalled Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor but it was a rare chance for the visitors, whose misery was compounded when Navas raced clear and slotted in a sixth for City.

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Man City

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 30Pantilimon
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 26Demichelis
  • 33NastasicSubstituted forLescottat 45'minutes
  • 22Clichy
  • 15Navas
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 42Y TouréBooked at 44mins
  • 8NasriSubstituted forMilnerat 77'minutes
  • 16AgüeroSubstituted forGarcía Fernándezat 69'minutes
  • 9Negredo


  • 1Hart
  • 2Richards
  • 6Lescott
  • 7Milner
  • 10Dzeko
  • 14García Fernández
  • 60Guidetti


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Lloris
  • 2WalkerBooked at 45mins
  • 20Dawson
  • 4Kaboul
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 38mins
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroBooked at 20mins
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forDembéléat 61'minutes
  • 7Lennon
  • 14HoltbySubstituted forAdebayorat 45'minutes
  • 11Lamela
  • 9SoldadoSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 61'minutes


  • 6Chiriches
  • 10Adebayor
  • 17Townsend
  • 18Defoe
  • 19Dembélé
  • 22G Sigurdsson
  • 24Friedel
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Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamTottenham
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 6, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 6, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

  4. Post update

    James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City 6, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Milner with a through ball.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Jan Vertonghen tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Erik Lamela.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Lennon tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Samir Nasri.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

  19. Post update

    Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

As It Stood

4Man City1271434122222
6Man Utd126332015521
11West Brom113531212014
12Aston Villa114251112-114
17West Ham12246914-510
19Crystal Palace12219721-147
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