PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham 1-5 Manchester City

What a night. Started out with most City fans prepared to accept a draw, ended with us celebrating another big win. Spurs were once a bogey team of ours, but that memory is fading fast after two thumping wins over them this season.

This was our 20th match unbeaten in all competitions (18 wins, two draws), and our 8th straight league win. I’ve never seen City go on a run like it.

Here are the player ratings from a remarkable evening in North London.

Joe Hart – 7

Didn’t have too much to do, such was City’s dominance. Flapped at a couple of balls into the box, but given the quality of Eriksen’s deliveries (which were some of the best I’ve seen), he can be forgiven somewhat. Looks much more comfortable then he did prior to his dropping.

Pablo Zabaleta – 8

Just love everything about this man. Defensively sound, excellent going forward – unrivaled in English football as the best right-back. The relationship he has struck up with Navas is one of the big plus points of the season, and means we have the strongest right-hand side in the country. The way he pressed and harried Spurs last night was a joy to behold.

Vincent Kompany – 8.5

Brilliant performance from Kompany again – up there with his displays against United and Newcastle (a) earlier in the season. Scored a goal to cap a fine showing in which he lead by example. Adebayor was bang in form going into the match but got absolutely nothing out of Kompany on the night.

Martin Demichelis – 7.5

Superb in the air and reads the game well. He is what he is: an old defender whose better days are behind him but who is capable of doing a job. Pellegrini wants defenders who enjoy having the ball at their feet, and Demichelis offers us this in the short-term before we go out and spend big money on the one we want long-term.

Gael Clichy – 8

Best performance in a long time. Remains, for me, the club’s best left-back when on form. Some of his early balls into the box were excellent, and his pace is a major plus for the side.

Fernandinho – 8.5

Arguably been our most consistent performer this season, and this was the latest example of his quality. Boundless energy, top tackler, great range of passing and full of drive and impetuous. The perfect midfielder? You’d have to go a long way to find a better one.

Yaya Toure – 7

Sloppy in the first-half with his touch and passing but grew into the game and scored a goal. Played more minutes than any other City player this season and probably needs a bit of a rest. The Fernando deal seems to be aimed at providing exactly that. Went off after an hour here in preparation for Chelsea on Monday.

Jesus Navas – 8.5

Sparkling display (AGAIN) from one of the stars of this season. A slow first few weeks had people questioning the winger, but his mix of pace, assists from crosses and mind-boggling work-rate make him a vital component of the side.

David Silva – 9 (Man of the Match)

What is left to say about this little genius? City’s best and most creative player, and in terms of technique and intelligence one of the best in the Premier League. Floated around the pitch last night linking City’s play and generally running the show. So good to watch, and so effective when on form, which he has been throughout this season.

Edin Dzeko – 6

Poor. Touch deserted him, finishing wasn’t there, but, and it’s a continued ‘but’ where he’s concerned, he grabbed another goal, his 17th of the season. I find him a baffling player.

Sergio Aguero – 8

Went off with a hamstring injury just before half-time, cruelly curtailing what was turning into one of his finest performances for the club. Hit the bar, had a great header saved and scored a brilliant, impudent little finish that set the ball rolling. Completely ran Spurs ragged. That goal was his 50th Premier League strike in 81 games – only four players have reached that landmark quicker. Last time he was out for a sustained period, we had a great run. Hopefully this injury won’t keep him out too long. He’s a vital player.

Subs:

Stevan Jovetic – 8

Great cameo. A little rusty, as expected, but a goal of real quality. Knew as soon as he picked the ball up what he wanted to do, and a drop of the shoulder and neat touch later and he’d steered a shot into the corner (via a deflection). Very excited to see him develop, if he can now remain fit.

Matija Nastasic – 7

Came on for Yaya and kept things tight at the back.

Aleksandar Kolarov – too late to mark

Written by Rob Pollard

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One comment on “PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham 1-5 Manchester City
  1. Linesman – 10. Could not fault him for his corrupt decision making
    Marriner – 10. Same as above as 3 City players should have been sent off.

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