16 Dec Unstoppable City put sorry Spurs to the sword
Leaders Manchester City powered to their 16th successive win in the Premier League with a 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium.
Two goals from the prolific Raheem Sterling added to earlier efforts from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne as the hosts swept aside the Londoners on a misty night.
Christian Eriksen did score a consolation for Spurs but City could easily have added several more with Gabriel Jesus – from the penalty spot – and Bernardo Silva both hitting the post and Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris making several good saves.
What they said:
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “Against a team demanding to be so intense without the ball because they play so good…they have good quality and they attack from behind with Harry Kane and Son (Heung-min) – but we played really good.”Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “In this type of game, if you want to win you need to be focused and concentrate and when you concede this type of goal – and then all that happens in the game – it’s difficult to accept, because it changes completely the idea.”
Tweet of the match
Star man – Kevin De Bruyne
Yet another wonderful performance from the Belgian. Took his goal in fine fashion, won a penalty, produced many a superb pass and generally worked his socks off.
City looking unstoppable
It may only be December, but it truly seems a case of when rather if City are going to win the league.
This was supposed to be one of their more testing assignments, but a week on from their 2-1 victory at Manchester United, they completely blew Tottenham away as they moved 14 points clear at the top.
By extending their record streak of league wins to 16, Guardiola’s City matched the run he oversaw as Barcelona boss – but they are still three short of his personal best, achieved with Bayern Munich.
Manchester City: Ederson 7 (out of 10), Kyle Walker 6, Nicolas Otamendi 7, Eliaquim Mangala 6, Fabian Delph 6, Fernandinho 7, Ilkay Gundogan 8, Kevin De Bruyne 9, Leroy Sane 8, Raheem Sterling 8, Sergio Aguero 6. Substitutes: Gabriel Jesus (for Aguero, 58 mins) 6, Phil Foden (for Gundogan, 83) 6, Bernardo Silva (for Sane, 85) 7.Tottenham:Hugo Lloris 7, Kieran Trippier 5, Eric Dier 5, Jan Vertonghen 5, Danny Rose 6, Mousa Dembele 5, Harry Winks 5, Christian Eriksen 6, Dele Alli 5, Son Heung-min 5, Harry Kane 6. Substitutes: Erik Lamela (for Son, 77) 5, Moussa Sissoko (for Alli, 84) 5, Ben Davies (for Rose, 89) 5.
Who’s up next?
Leicester v Manchester City (Carabao Cup, December 19)
Burnley v Tottenham (Carabao Cup, December 23)