Manchester City outclassed Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 to go top of the Premier League standings and keep league title hopes alive.
Tim Sherwood’s men were reduced to ten, five minutes after the break, with City already 1-0 up, thanks to Sergio Aguero’s strike in an eighth successive game.
“Even before the red card it was very difficult, Manchester City are the best team o the planet, certainly the Premier League. It was difficult with level numbers bu once we were down to 10 it was over as a spectacle,” said Sherwood.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side dominated match in its second period as Spurs suffered another heavy defeat in the hands of a familiar foe, who had won the first-leg -fixture 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium I November.
Reigning African player of the year, Yaya Toure doubled City’s lead from the resultant penalty after Danny Rose was sent off for fouling Bosnian striker Eden Dzeko, 27, replay showed he had a slight touch on the ball.
Dzeko netted City’s third two minutes later. Etienne Capoue pulled one back for the ‘Lilly Whites’ on 59 minutes but substitute Stevan Jovetic scored his first goal for the visitors since his £22m move from Fiorentina last summer.
Captain Vincent Kompany rounded off scoring for City as they grabbed all-three points- required off them to leapfrog Arsenal by one point at the top of the table- in grand style.
“I don’t want to talk about the title, I am just so happy with the win and the way we played. It’s a great time to be part of Manchester City,” Kompany said after the win.
It was bad time for City’s first goal scorer, Aguero, who sustained a hamstring injury just before the break and was replaced by Jovetic.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “We will see tomorrow (Thursday) with the doctors what happened with him, maybe he has a problem with his hamstring, we will see how serious it is.
Although, optimistic, knowing well enough that Jovetic is back and scoring and Dzeko is a reliable fit for the Aguero, the Argentine is now a major doubt for Monday’s crucial league meeting with Chelsea at the Etihad.
In the other Premier League matches played on Wednesday…
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
Sunderland 1-0 Stoke
Aston Villa 4-3 West Brom