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Manchester City maintained their unbeaten home record in the Barclays Premier League this season with a 6-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur.
The hosts opened the scoring after only 13 seconds through Jesus Navas, with a Sandro own goal and Sergio Aguero’s close-range strike leaving them comfortably ahead at the break A second from Aguero was followed by Alvaro Negredo's fifth in the Barclays Premier League and another Navas goal in injury-time added to Spurs' woes.
The win moves City into fourth place in the table, ahead of Southampton on goal difference, – while Spurs drop two places to ninth. Andre Villas-Boas' side were barely able to test Costel Pantilimon in the City goal as a lacklustre performance added to the disappointment of their thumping defeat.
City made five changes to the side beaten by Sunderland before the international break, with Navas starting in the Barclays Premier League for the first time since the Manchester derby in September. Erik Lamela, who as one of six changes for Spurs, was handed his first Barclays Premier League start, with Hugo Lloris also returning to the starting line-up.
The France goalkeeper did not enjoy a good start to the game as City posted the joint-quickest goal of this Barclays Premier League campaign. A poor clearance from Lloris went straight to Aguero 20 yards from goal and although his shot was saved, the loose ball was met by Navas who lofted the ball over the goalkeeper from the right and into the far corner.
Lamela nearly levelled as Spurs slowly began to settle into the game, but they were unable to turn their possession into goals and were caught out again in the 34th minute. Fernandinho capitalised on another clearance from Lloris to release Nasri on the left, who lifted the ball to Aguero. The Argentinian’s effort was pushed away by Lloris, but the ball dropped to Negredo, whose acrobatic follow-up found the net via deflections off Younes Kaboul and Sandro.
City extended their lead four minutes before the break as Navas fired a low cross into the six-yard box and Aguero slotted home from six yards.
Five minutes into the second half Aguero doubled his tally with his 14th goal in 11 matches. Yaya Toure was the creator, powerfully brushing his way past Kyle Walker before rolling the ball square and leaving Aguero the simple task of converting.
Negredo made it five after an outrageous piece of skill allowed him to beat Michael Dawson on the edge of the penalty area. The Spaniard flicked the ball through the defender's legs following a pass from Fernandinho and emphatically fired past Lloris.
Spurs were unable to muster a reply and conceded a sixth in stoppage time when a raking long ball from substitute James Milner provided Navas with a one-on-one that he coolly converted.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It is impossible to play better than we did today. Except for 15 minutes in the first half when Tottenham had possession of the ball and were defending well. After that we finished the first half very well, and the second was incredible. We have very good strikers, but it's the whole team not just Aguero and Negredo."
"It's not normal to win by six goals against a strong team like Tottenham. Today we played really well, not just attacking but defending. Spurs have very important players in attack, so to not concede is very good. We have scored 26 goals in six games at home but I am more happy at the way we play as a team - a balanced team in attack and defence."
Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas: "Everything went wrong for us, it's very hard to find explanations. Our motivation, which was high, immediately suffered when we conceded after 15 [sic] seconds.
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