Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has written off his former club’s hopes of winning the Premier League title after they were hammered 6-0 by ManchesterCity.
Jesus Navas scored twice for City as they reasserted their own title ambitions, while Sergio Aguero hit two and Alvaro Negredo netted, as well as an own goal from Sandro.
Spurs, despite having more possession than their opponents, produced little in the way of attacking threat, and now sit ninth in the table, eight points behind leaders Arsenal.
And Hoddle, who made almost 400 appearances for Spurs between 1975 and 1987, told Sky Sports that a challenge for the title is well beyond Andre Villas-Boas’s side.
“For me, Spurs have a real big problem now,” Hoddle said. “It’s the way they’ve lost, not just the six goals they have given away, but the spirit has to be looked at.
“They are under real pressure now as a team. By that performance they are not ready to go and try to win the Premier League. They’re still a couple of points off where they want to be.”
The hammering at the Etihad came on hot on the heels of Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United two weeks ago, but was still a major shock to the system of a defence which, until today, had been the meanest in the league.
However, City, who have been in rampant form at home, took the lead after 14 seconds through Navas, who chipped Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal, and were out of sight by half-time thanks to Aguero’s neat finish and Sandro’s own goal.
Aguero, Negredo and Navas all struck in the second half as Tottenham crumbled, and City set a new Premier League record of 26 goals in six Premier League games at home.
Spurs, meanwhile, have now netted just twice in their last four games in all competitions, and their next match in the league comes at home to Manchester United.