Manchester City are on a ‘different planet’ to every other team in the league, according to Spurs boss Tim Sherwood whose side were thrashed 5-1 by the Blues last night.
With five separate scorers City made light work of what was supposed to be a tricky fixture.
Despite a host of first-half chances City only managed to score once in the opening 45 minutes but took advantage of Danny Rose’s second-half red card to ensure they ended the evening on top of the Premier League.
While the Eastlands club’s performance might have attracted a few worried glances form Chelsea and Arsenal, City boss Manuel Pellegrini was reluctant to label his side title favourites.
“I think it’s too soon to be the favourites – there’s a lot of matches to play,” Pellegrini told BT Sport.
“If we continue to play the way we are, we will have chances to win but it’s early.
“We played some fantastic football in the first-half – we scored just one goal but we had three or four more clear chances to score.
Aguero opened the scoring for the Citizens on 15 minutes with a dinked finish over a helpless Hugo Lloris.
After Danny Rose’s dismissal City added to their lead with a Yaya Toure spot-kick on 51 minutes and Edin Dzeko all-but sealed the points two minutes later.
Despite the heavy loss Sherwood was philosophical about the match and refused to be downbeat
“It’s hard enough 11 against 11 against this team – they’re on a different planet to anyone else at the moment,” he told BT Sport.
An Etienne Capoue goal gave Spurs a faint glimmer of hope but an imperious City killed off any resistance on 78 minutes when Stevan Jovetic’s deflected strike gave him a first Premier League goal.
Skipper Vincent Kompany also got in on the act with a late goal that meant City had netted 11 times in their two fixtures with Spurs this season.
While Pellegrini was reserved about City’s performance the Belgian defender was more forthcoming.
“I’m so happy with the win and the way we played,” he said.
“It was the way we played, it’s not just the result – we enjoyed it. It’s a great time to be part of Man City.”
The only negative on what was otherwise a perfect night for City was the sight of Sergio Aguero limping down the tunnel after being taken off through injury.
“It’s bad news to lose Sergio but we’ll have to see, I don’t know how bad it is. There’s good news though – Jovetic stepped up and scored today and he looked like the player we thought he was when we got him with this performance,” Kompany said.
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