Manchester City ran riot against Tottenham as they moved to the top of the Premier League table with a 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane.
With Arsenal dropping two points at Southampton on Tuesday, City had the chance to move one point clear of the Gunners with a victory. And Manuel Pellegrini's men made no mistake, producing a dominant display throughout against a Spurs side who had Danny Rose sent off.
Despite dominating the play, City, who lost Aguero to injury in the first half, had to wait until after the break for a second - Yaya Toure converting from the penalty spot after Rose saw red for bringing down Edin Dzeko.
The away side were soon 3-0 up following a Dzeko strike, with the Bosnian converting a rebound after Silva had his shot saved by Lloris. Tottenham, however, pulled one back instantly through substitute Etienne Capoue, who got on the end of a dangerous Christian Eriksen corner.
There was to be no remarkable comeback, though, as City took their foot off the gas and kept possession, before Stevan Jovetic, a replacement for Aguero, made sure of the result late on, with captain Vincent Kompany adding extra gloss to the scoreline at the death.
15’ – AGUERO MAGIC – A lovely goal from City as Silva plays in Aguero, who dinks the ball first time past Lloris, rolling it into the bottom corner of the net.
45’ – AGUERO MISERY – Aguero is forced to come off after sustaining an injury, with Jovetic coming on for the Argentina international.
50’ – OFF! – Rose is given his marching orders after bringing down Dzeko in the penalty area. It looked a harsh decision from the referee.
51’ – FROM THE SPOT – Toure doubles City lead as he sends Lloris the wrong way from the penalty spot.
54’ – NUMBER THREE – Dzeko soon makes it three for City as he converts the rebound after Silva first sees his shot saved by Lloris, following some nice work by Zabaleta.
59’ – COMEBACK? – Spurs pull one back through substitute Capoue, who fires into the back of the net after City fail to deal with an Eriksen corner.
78’ – GAME OVER – Jovetic makes sure of the result, finding the bottom corner of the net with a deflected effort after being played in by Fernandinho.
89’ – CAPTAIN KOMPANY – Kompany grabs City’s fifth in the game’s closing stages as he converts into an empty net after Dzeko's shot deflects kindly into his path.
City have now scored five or more goals in four Premier League matches this season, equalling their 2011/12 record.
City are the second team to score five goals away at Tottenham this season, following Spurs’ 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood suffered his first Premier League loss tonight since taking over at White Hart Lane.
City have won eight Premier League matches in a row - the best ever winning streak for the club in the Premier League.
Can Manchester City win the Premier League? After the victory at Tottenham, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are now top of the Premier League table, one point clear of second-placed Arsenal. They have been the outstanding team of the season so far, racking up a stunning 68 goals in the process. What’s more, their dodgy away form seems to be behind them as they are now 12 Premier League games unbeaten.
MAN OF THE MATCH
David Silva (Manchester City): City's Spanish marvel was at the heart of several of the goals in a superb all-round performance.
Tottenham: Lloris 7, Walker 5, Chiriches 5, Dawson 5, Rose 5, Lennon 6, Bentaleb 6, Dembele 5, Sigurdsson 5, Eriksen 6, Adebayor 5. Subs: Naughton 6, Capoue 6, Holtby 6.
City: Hart 6, Zabaleta 8, Kompany 7, Demichelis 6, Clichy 7, Navas 7, Fernandinho 8, Yaya Toure 7, Silva 9, Aguero 8, Dzeko 7. Subs: Nastasic 6, Kolarov 6, Jovetic 7.
MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Manchester City
- David Silva
- Sergio Aguero
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- Hugo Lloris
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