Manchester City 4 – Tottenham 1
Manchester City made it 16 wins in succession in the Premier League on Saturday night with a stunning demolition of Tottenham.
Before the game, Tottenham were tipped as a side that could stop Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City juggernaut.
Spurs sat fourth before the Premier League match at the Etihad and have shown over recent seasons that they can beat the very best teams in England and Europe.
In the end, it was a total mismatch.
Men against boys
Tottenham were hammered 4-1 and it could and should have been 5-0.
Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring from a set piece, Spurs were yet again undone by a simple corner. As has happened in recent games against Stoke and Watford.
Until the 70th minute, it was only 1-0 and Spurs were in the game, primarily thanks to Hugo Lloris who pulled off some excellent stops.
With just over twenty minutes to go, Dele Alli put in a horrible challenge on Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian recovered, Dele was given a yellow card.
Kevin De Bruyne wins it for Manchester City
Then KDB won the game thanks to another rifled left footed strike that gave Lloris no chance.
Kevin De Bruyne – surely the best player in the Premier League – has scored four goals this season with his weaker left foot.
Spurs fans of a certain vintage will remember taking beatings like this one and in the final minutes Manchester City piled on the pain.
Raheem Sterling scored twice. The first was the end of a fine Manchester City move with Leroy Sane bagging the assist.
The second Raheem Sterling was poor Spurs defending, primarily from Eric Dier, allowing the Manchester City winger to score.
Tottenham’s consolation goal was scored by Christian Eriksen which simply ruined a lot of Fantasy Premier League clean sheets.
The Manchester City win was so easy, that Gabriel Jesus’ 75th minute penalty miss has already been forgotten.
Only Hugo Lloris can avoid criticism
No Spurs fans could possibly find fault with the performance of Hugo Lloris, below is the gist of what social media is saying about the other Tottenham players.
Tottenham definitely missed Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama and Davinson Sanchez, but this was very poor for a side with ambitions in Europe and England.
Kieran Trippier: Destroyed by Leroy Sane to such an extent that Trippier will likely have nightmares about the German winger and his own performance at The Etihad.
Eric Dier: A poor performance in a season full of them for the current England captain. At fault for the fourth Manchester City goal but failed to control any attackers around him.
Jan Vertonghen: Gave away the Manchester City penalty missed by Gabriel Jesus. Just struggled from the first minute and looks a shadow of the player without Toby Alderweireld.
Danny Rose: Battled hard, but Rose’s decision making was horrendous. Especially when he did get in good attacking positions. Rose still looks far from 100% fit.
Harry Winks: Due to inexperience, Winks might get away without too much criticism. Struggled to get anywhere near Kevin De Bruyne.
Moussa Dembele: Spurs fans are worried that Dembele is now past it. That injuries have caught up with the Belgian. They may well be right on today’s evidence.
Dele Alli: Was Dele playing in midfield or up front? What has happened to Dele this season? Most notable impact on the game was geeing up Kevin De Bruyne to finish it off with a horrendous challenge…
Christian Eriksen: Showed his class with the late goal but virtually anonymous throughout.
Harry Kane: Lucky to get away with a red card for a poor challenge on Raheem Sterling. Forced a fine save from Ederson but looked bereft of ideas and high quality team mates.
Heung Min Son: Did Mauricio Pochettino play a too open side? Son deserved his spot after scoring four goals in four games but was another Spurs attacker that failed to make any impact on a Manchester City defence with Eliaquim Mangala.