Jesus Navas’ superb strike after only 15 seconds set the tone for the hosts as Manuel Pellegrini’s men put on a masterclass at the Etihad Stadium. Goals from Alvaro Negredo, a Sandro own goal, a double from Sergio Aguero and another Navas net-buster secured what was an easy win over a sorry Spurs outfit.
And the Tottenham manager was at a loss to explain the dire defeat.
“It was a difficult start, conceding after 15 seconds. That puts your plans in doubt and everything you’ve been preparing,” Villas-Boas said. “It’s difficult to take. We had a very, very good reaction to the goal we suffered – that’s the only positive, the 20 minutes before they scored the second.
“There’s not a lot to look for; everything went bad for us from being one of the best defences in the country to suffering six goals. There’s not a lot we can say. City were excellent, we were extremely poor today and paid a heavy price.”
Both sides went into the match under a bit of pressure. City’s dodgy away form has asked tough questions about their title credentials, while Spurs have struggled to score, and looked short of being a top-four team.
But from the start there only looked like being one winner as City attacked with ease and once again confirmed that at home they are world-beaters. They’ve now scored more goals on their own turf than every other team have in total.