Manchester City vs Tottenham: Player ratings

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The Etihad stadium outfit hammered the north Londoners 6-0 on Sunday, but who were the game’s heroes and villains?

Manchester City have moved back into the top four with an emphatic 6-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Spurs will have to go back to the drawing board, while City will have an eye on Arsenal in top spot.

Here are the player ratings from the game.

Manchester City

Costel Pantilimon – 7/10

Made a clever save from Adebayor in the second half and looked comfortable in everything asked of him.

Pablo Zabaleta – 8/10

Nullified the impact of countryman Lamela on the wing, and bombed forward to add an extra attacking body in the second half.

Martin Demichelis – 6/10

Looked slightly off the pace in the early exchanges when it still mattered. Some questionable decision-making.

Matija Nastasic – 7/10

Covered for Demichelis on occasions in the first half and battled well against Soldado before being replaced.

Gael Clichy – 6/10

Found Lennon a tricky opponent as Tottenham looked to use the space in behind him.

Fernandinho – 8/10

One of his better performances of the season, he won the ball back well and stuck to his task with discipline. Also looked good in possession.

Yaya Toure – 8/10

Not as influential as usual, the Ivorian powerhouse turned on the class when needed, and pushed forward in a manner that Spurs failed to deal with on occasion.

Samir Nasri – 8/10

An impressive performance by the winger, who was always available to receive possession and posed a real threat with his movement off the ball.

Jesus Navas – 9/10

Took his goals well and showed pace and trickery that Spurs could not handle. An excellent performance.

Sergio Aguero – 8/10

Clinical in front of goal, the Argentine showed both pace and strength while on the ball and is one of the Premier League’s form strikers.

Alvaro Negredo – 9/10

The Spaniard’s movement and presence terrorised Tottenham’s centre-backs and he has formed a formidable partnership with Aguero in attack.

Substitutes

Joleon Lescott – 7/10

Rarely troubled as City dominated the game in the time that the England international was on the pitch.

James Milner – 6/10

Tried to get in on the act after a second half introduction, may have to make do with a substitute role due to the form of Navas and Nasri.

Javi Garcia – 6/10

Neat and tidy in possession without doing anything to suggest that he can be anything other than a versatile substitute.

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris – 5/10

Culpable for both of City’s first two goals through poor clearances, the France international was subject to a firing squad from there on in.

Kyle Walker – 5/10

Consistently too high up the pitch, with Nasri finding space behind him as a result.

Michael Dawson – 4/10

Question marks must be asked of the Spurs captain, who looked out of his depth here. Pulled out of position repeatedly and failed to command his backline.

Younes Kaboul – 6/10

Made a number of telling challenges but was helpless to stop the constant flow of City attacks.

Jan Vertonghen – 5/10

Not one of his better days, a poor mistake at the end allowed City to make it six. Needs to be used at centre-half.

Sandro – 8/10

A proud performance by the midfield enforcer, who never gave up and worked tirelessly for his team.

Paulinho – 7/10

Looked the most likely to make a difference in the attacking third, but guilty of slowing down the game at times by keeping the ball too long.

Aaron Lennon – 7/10

Showed glimpses of his considerable ability early on, and did enough to suggest that he can be a more effective winger than Andros Townsend.

Lewis Holtby – 5/10

Failed to make any real impact on the game and was caught out defensively on occasion also.

Erik Lamela – 6/10

Had some neat touches but little impact on proceedings. Lacked the desire to get back and help his full-back.

Roberto Soldado – 5/10

Looks limited and short of confidence. Adebayor’s return to the first-team fold could see his playing time stifled.

Substitutes

Emmanuel Adebayor – 6/10

Worked hard and showed more to suggest that he is the man to lead Spurs’ attack than Soldado.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

His ability to beat players with the ball at his feet was on show, and he was a bright spark after his introduction.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6/10

Had little impact and did not offer much after being brought on in the second half.

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