Man City 6 Tottenham 0: Player ratings as Citizens thrash Spurs

Man City 6 Tottenham 0: Player ratings as the Citizens thrash Spurs at Etihad Stadium

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
Man City
6
Tottenham
0

Manchester City

Costel Pantilimon Once again preferred in goal to Joe Hart and continues to impress between the sticks with another solid performance here, giving Pellegrini little reason to revert to the England international for Wednesday’s Champions League tie. Was tested a bit more in the second-half but rarely troubled. 7/10

Pablo Zabaleta The visitors’ lack of an out-and-out winger meant he had little in the way of direct opposition to worry about, granting him the freedom to support Navas in attack. 7

Martin Demichelis A confidence boosting 90 minutes for the pony-tailed defender. His early goal-line clearance kept Tottenham at bay and looked solid thereafter. 6

Matija Nastasic Organised the defence in the absence of Kompany before failing to return for the second-half. 5

Gael Clichy The flow of the game meant it was a largely quiet and comfortable afternoon for the left-back. Kept Lennon in check throughout. 6

Yaya Toure Dominated the midfield areas from the outset, eclipsing the efforts of his opposite numbers – Sandro and Paulinho. A typically domineering charge from midfield exposed Tottenham’s futile rearguard and gifted Aguero with his second. 7

Fernandinho Provided an immovable shield in front of the back four, further underlining his worth to this side. Mopped up any loose balls expertly as well as thwarting any potential danger before it had the chance to materialise. At the other end, spurned a glorious chance with just Lloris to beat. 7

Jesus Navas Only he will know if his 14th-second opener was intended to find the top-corner or pick out a team-mate in the centre but it was a brilliant piece of individual opportunism nonetheless to fully capitalise on Lloris’ early blunder. Has been used sporadically since his summer arrival but this was arguably his finest game in a City jersey as he teed Aguero up for the game clincher just before the interval before scoring his second in injury-time. 8

Samir Nasri Took advantage of the space afforded to him on the left as looked menacing and dangerous every time he was in possession. Could have got his name on the score sheet with a cross come shot which hit the bar before earning a rest ahead of Wednesdays game against Plzen. 7

Sergio Aguero (Man of the match) How many times has the little Argentinian produced a performance like this at Eastlands? Outstanding from the first whistle as he took his Premier League tally to ten for the campaign with a brace and ran the Tottenham defence ragged – he will give Dawson sleepless nights for a week. 8

Alvaro Negredo After a slow start to life in England, the “Beast” is justifying his hefty price tag and this was another example of why City paid so much for his services. While striker’s are judged by their ability to find the net, this was a thoroughly all-round performance by Negredo as he wreaked havoc. Clinically swept home for his fifth of the season. 8

Substitutes

Joleon Lescott Enjoyed a leisurely second-half outing after Nastasic’s injury as Spurs did little to stretch the hosts. Made some fine blocks and tackles when Adebayor did get hold of the ball. 6

Javi Garcia Kept the ball well and marshalled proceedings well when he came on. 5

James Milner A typically busy and industrious run-out for the midfielder when he came on but his job was hardly tasking given the scoreline. 6

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Having experienced the highs of World Cup qualification midweek, Lloris came back down to earth with a thud at Eastlands. Although he could do little about the six goals that flew past him, it was his inexcusable errors that handed City the opening two goals as the Frenchman looked completely out of sorts and uninterested. 2

Kyle Walker Caught out of position for two of City’s goals and cut a frustrated figure on the right as he received little support by Lennon, allowing Nasri and co to overrun him time and again. His capacity to venture forward diminished as the game developed into attack against defence in favour of the hosts. 4

Michael Dawson Uncharacteristically error-riddled performance from the centre-back. His solidity has been central to Spurs’ watertight rearguard this campaign but was all at sea against the class of Aguero and Negredo. 4

Younes Kaboul It would be a surprise to see the French defender line-up against United in seven days time after this outing. Unable to live with the movement of those in blue as he tired as the game wore on. 3

Jan Verthongen Not one of his better games for Tottenham as his injury-time error typified the visitors’ afternoon to allow Navas put the icing on the cake. 4

Sandro An afternoon to forget for the Brazilian enforcer who couldn’t get near any of City’s front five as they glided past him with relative ease at regular intervals. His misery was compounded when he bundled the ball into the back of his own net to hand Pellegrini’s side the crucial second goal. 3

Paulinho Started brightly as he looked to get forward and support the feeble front men but was soon overrun and outmuscled in the central areas as the game progressed. Withdrawn on the hour mark. 4

Aaron Lennon Still finding his feet after a faltering start to the campaign and was woefully off the pace at the Etihad Stadium. Saw plenty of the ball but could do little with it as Clichy marshalled the winger all afternoon. 5

Lewis Holtby Tried to find space behind the City midfield but was largely unanimous during a forgettable first-half for the visitors. Replaced at the break. 4

Erik Lamela The young Argentine was handed his first Tottenham start after only a handful of substitute appearance since his big money move. However, did little to justify his inclusion ahead of Townsend or reliable performers in Dembele and Sigurdsson. Hardly had a kick on the left, forcing him to drift inside in search of the ball which left acres of space on the flank. 3

Roberto Soldado Much of the pre-game talk was about the meeting of the two Spanish strikers at the Ethiad. Ultimately, there could not have been a greater gulf in class between Soldado and his compatriot Negredo. The former Valencia hitman was left isolated in attack and failed to expose a City defence devoid of Vincent Kompany. Sacrificed in the second-half as Andre Villas-Boas looked to stem the flow. 4

Substitutes

Emmanuel Adebayor Handed a place on the bench after impressing during training but wouldn’t have wanted his return to be in these circumstances as he was forced to chase shadows after his half-time introduction. Had one glimpse of goal but his tame effort was easily stopped by the City goalkeeper. 5

Gylfi Sigurdsson Many Spurs fans will question the decision to leave the midfielder on the bench after a string of fine performances. Could do little to impact the game when he was sprung into action, with the damage already done. 5

Moussa Dembele Showed determination and hunger to get amongst the blue shirts when introduced, unlike many of his team-mates. A driving run handed Adebayor the chance to net a consolation. 6

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