City banished any bad memories of the painful defeat against Sunderland with a 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham at the Etihad. Here is a closer look at the performances of the City players.
Costel Pantilimon – 6
A solid performance from Pantilimon. Was never really troubled and saved well when he was called into action. His distribution was good and set City on the counter on a number of occasions. Pellegrini confirmed in the post-match press conference that Joe Hart will play against Plzen on Wednesday, but Panti will likely keep his place in the league.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7
Solid defensively and was able to get forward with relative freedom. His understanding with Navas was, at times, devastating. Without doubt City’s first choice right back with Micah Richards still trying to find rhythm after a lengthy spell of injuries. This was one of Pablo’s best performances of the season.
Martin Demichelis – 7
Brings a calmness to City’s defence in Kompany’s absence. Looks assured and reads the game well. Kept both Soldado and Adebayor quiet. Despite his lack of pace, he reads the game brilliantly, and provides experience.
Matija Nastasic – 7
Despite not reaching the heights of last season Nastasic showed his quality in this game. Withdrawn at half time with City in control, probably as a precaution after missing the Sunderland game.
Gael Clichy – 7
A better performance from Clichy who has looked short on confidence recently. A run of games seems to have done him the world of good as he coped well with the attacking threats of Lennon and Lamela. Just the kind of performance he needed after a shaky few weeks.
Fernandinho – 9
Another top performance from the Brazilian who continues to look like a fantastic piece of business by the club. He almost got his first City goal but fluffed his lines. At 5-0 he can be forgiven for his miss. That £30 million is looking well spent.
Yaya Toure – 7
Not his best game of the season but another where he has contributed in vital areas. May need a rest soon, but his form this season makes those City fans who complain he is lazy look slightly foolish.
Samir Nasri – 8
Continues to impress and show the desire which was absent from his game for most of last season. Linked up well with Negredo and Aguero as City constantly threatened Spurs on the counter attack.
Jesus Navas – 9 (man of the match)
This was the performance that City fans had been waiting for from Navas. Was afforded space down the right and sent numerous dangerous crosses into the box. Took both goals with aplomb and got an assist for Aguero’s first goal.
Sergio Aguero – 9
Irrepressible yet again. Always on the front foot and his strength buys him time on the ball allowing him to run at the opposition. Could have more than his two well earned goals. Pellegrini rates him as the third best player in the world and very few would argue too much with that assessment.
Alvaro Negredo – 9
Negredo was outstanding once again. His skill on the ball and his seemingly telepathic relationship with Aguero are a joy to behold. Anyone still arguing a case for Edin Dzeko’s inclusion ahead of Negredo look more foolish with every passing performance from the Spaniard. Great signing.
Joleon Lescot – 7
A solid cameo from Lescott which is sure to breed confidence for him. With moments of shakiness in other appearances today was a reassuring, solid performance. The Spurs attack found almost no space thanks to Lescott.
Javi Garcia – 6
Fitted in fairly comfortably in midfield but it would have been nice to see John Guidetti given a run out with the game won at 5-0 when the Spaniard was introduced. The number of minutes Garcia is getting at the moment is baffling with the likes of Jack Rodwell waiting on the sidelines.
James Milner – 7
His energy was valuable as City comfortably saw out the match. His long range assist for Navas’ second was a thing of beauty. He should get more chances as the season progresses.
Written by Robert Toole and Rob Pollard