Manchester City started as they meant to go on today - as they came out the traps firing against Tottenham Hotspur at home, thrashing Spurs 6-0.
It was a meeting between the Premier League’s most potent attack and most frugal defence - but the attack won.
It took City just 14 seconds to take the lead - with thanks to Hugo Lloris necessary.
The French goalkeeper hit a poor clearance to a City player, and despite saving the initial effort Jesus Navas reacted quicker than the sluggish Younes Kaboul to bend a delightful effort into the far top corner.
Next up was another calamitous goal. A centre found Alvaro Negredo at the far post, whose acrobatic volley hammered off of Kaboul and back off Sandro into his own net - as City went rampant.
Sergio Aguero then scored two goals either side of half-time. Navas, who had an exceptional game, put in cross that Kaboul should have cut out but instead it ran into the path of Aguero who made it 3-0.
Tottenham brought on Emmanuel Adebayor at half-time but his introduction made little difference.
In the 51st minute Yaya Toure left Kyle Walker running in treacle before squaring the ball to Aguero who made it 4-0.
Then it was the turn of Alvaro Negredo. After collecting the ball from Fernandinho he evaded Michael Dawson before slamming a shit into the back of Lloris’ net.
Fernandinho then stumbled over a ball when an open goal beckoned and Sours then had their first real chance - but Costel Pantilimon denied Adebayor.
And there was still time for one more. A long ball was lazily watched by the woeful Jan Vertonghen which allowed speed merchant Navas in one-on-one with Lloris - who he slotted the ball past to complete the 6-0 rout.
City are now fourth in the table while Spurs loiter in ninth.