Manchester City ran riot against Tottenham as they cruised to a 6-0 win in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manuel Pellegrini's men continued their perfect home record in the league, and the 2011-12 champions have now averaged four goals a game in home matches this season.
Tottenham's defence, the meanest in the league going into Sunday's match, was repeatedly cut open by the home side from the opening moments of the game: indeed, the first goal took just 14 seconds as City made the most of an abysmal clearance by Hugo Lloris that gifted the ball to Aguero. Lloris saved the Argentine's shot, but Jesus Navas was on hand to thump in the rebound.
Spurs were initially undaunted, and began to dominate possession - yet they never seemed to know what to do with it.
City, by contrast, were ruthless whenever they got within sight of goal. Alvaro Negredo's scissor kick from a loose ball cannoned in off Younes Kaboul and Sandro just after the half-hour mark, while Aguero made it three just before the break finishing a brilliant team move.
Aguero and Negredo added further goals just after the break, while Negredo finished things up in style with an injury-time strike to punish a blunder by Jan Vertonghen.
The superb win for City lifted them into fourth - albeit with neighbours Manchester United still to play later on Sunday - but it will not answer the questions hanging over them about their inability to shine away from home turf.
Tottenham, meanwhile, join the growing list of teams to have been put to the sword in fine style by the Premier League's most exciting attack.
What will worry them more than the scoreline, however, was their continued inability to turn possession into goals - with a terrible first Premier League start for Erik Lamela being just one of many problems, and Moussa Dembele's excellent showing from the bench the only bright spot.
1' LLORIS'S OPENING GIFT: Navas scores after just 14 seconds! A terrible clearance from Lloris puts the ball into the path of Aguero, whose strike draws a fine save - but Navas pounces onto the rebounding ball and hits an absolutely staggering lobbed finish.
26' SANDRO FEELING SICK: The Tottenham star, already on a yellow card, throws up on the pitch… but if he thinks his afternoon can't get any worse, he's wrong…
34' UNLUCKIEST OF OWN GOALS: Another weak Lloris clearance sees Nasri play Aguero in on Lloris. The keeper palms the ball away, but Negredo is there to lash a perfect scissor kick goalward. It's cleared off the line by Kaboul, but straight into the shins of Sandro - and from there into the net.
41' A ROUT BEFORE HALF-TIME: Aguero gets on the scoresheet as City turn on the style: Navas is released in the clear up the right thanks to a lovely pass by Fernandinho, and the cross is perfect for Aguero to glance the ball into the net. Beautiful stuff.
46' AVB GAMBLES ON ADEBAYOR: The Spurs manager brings on his least consistent striker to see if he can pull off a miracle against his former club. (Spoiler alert: He can't)
50' GETTING EMBARRASSING NOW: Toure and Fernandinho cut Spurs open with a 1-2, with Toure then charging upfield and drawing two men before sliding it across the box towards the unmarked Aguero - who thumps home for his second of the match!
55' IT'S ANOTHER!: City are going crazy! Negredo is the man this time, picking up Fernandinho's perfect pass, turning to beat Dawson and then smashing it into the top right corner past Lloris.
82' DENIED A CONSOLATION: Great chance for Adebayor - played into the six-yard box by Dembele, but he's denied by Pantilimon's outstretched left foot! Excellent save...
90'+2 FINAL FLOURISH: Navas beats the offside trap and gets into the clear as Vertonghen misses a long ball, and the City star makes no mistake thundering the ball past Lloris into the bottom left corner.
6 - The number of goals Tottenha had conceded in 11 league matches this season prior to the game against City
90 - The number of minutes it took for that goals against tally to be doubled
14 - Number of seconds it took Jesus Navas to open the scoring
2 - Number of awful clearances by Hugo Lloris that led directly to City goals
0 - The number of clear blunders made by Costel Pantilimon since he took Joe Hart's starting spot in the City side. Coincidentally, also the chances of Hart regaining his place any time soon.
TALKING POINT: Manchester City show yet again that they're the most exciting team in the Premier League when they're enjoying a good day - but until they manage to do the same away from home, can we really take them seriously as title contenders?
MAN OF THE MATCH
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): Scored two, hand a major hand in two of the others, and would surely have had a hat-trick if he'd not been subbed off to save his fitness with over 20 minutes left.
Manchester City: Pantilimon 7, Zabaleta 7, Demichelis 5, Nastasic 5, Clichy 6, Navas 8, Fernandinho 7, Yaya Toure 8, Nasri 8, Negredo 8, Aguero 9. Subs: Lescott 6
Spurs: Lloris 3, Walker 7, Dawson 4, Kaboul 6, Vertonghen 4, Paulinho 3, Sandro 6, Lennon 6, Holtby 5, Lamela 3, Soldado 3. Subs: Dembele 8, Sigurdsson 6, Adebayor 5.
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