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Soccer Premier League

Manchester City Humiliate Tottenham To Remain In Title Race

Manchester City

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Manchester City has destroyed Tottenham 6-0 this Sunday at the Etihad Stadium. Goals were scored by Jesus Navas (two), Sandro (own goal) Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero (two). At 22 points and only six points behind league leaders Arsenal, the Citizens are still in the title race.

City has now won all six of its home games, scoring 26 goals and conceding only two. Manuel Pellegrini‘s men are the best home team in the Premier League. For Spurs, this is their second straight defeat of the season, two weeks after losing to Newcastle at home. Andre Villas-Boas‘ men have scored only nine goals in 12 games and don’t look like a top-four contender at the moment.

Spurs had a nightmare start, conceding a goal after only 13 seconds to Navas after a bad clearance by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Villas-Boas’ men reacted well to that goal, controlling possession and forcing City to defend deep and rely on counterattacks, but lacked the cutting edge to create chances. They were punished again at the 34th minute when Sandro deflected a shot from Negredo into his own net. Aguero added a third goal six minutes later, tapping in a cross from Navas. At the break, the score was 3-0.

At the start of the second half, Villas-Boas brought  striker Emmanuel Adebayor in for midfielder Lewis Holtby  to try to bring his team back in the game, but the Portuguese manager’s change didn’t produce the expected effect. Five minutes into the second half, City scored a fourth goal by Aguero after a wonderful run by Yaya Toure. Negredo added a fith goal by Negredo at the 55th minute. The Spaniard smashed the ball into the net after easily getting rid of Michael Dawson. Navas closed the scoring with a sixth goal with a composed finish to beat Lloris.

Completely unsettled by the goal they conceded after only 13 seconds, Tottenham never looked like they could come back and had a very difficult day. Manchester City has once again produced a great performance at home, but will need to repeat these kind of performances away from home to have a chance to win the title.