Photo: This horrible moment was when Tottenham Hotspur's direction changed

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Tottenham conceded six goals against Manchester City two seasons ago. It was a decisive moment which set them on the path they are on now.

This crushing moment was the point of clarity needed at Tottenham Hotspur which set them on the route to success.

It pictures goalkeeper Hugo Lloris looking into the net after conceding a sixth goal in a crushing defeat away to Manchester City.

Spurs lost 6-0 at The Etihad in November 2013, and manager Andre Villas-Boas was fired soon after.

It was a moment of embarrassment from which the Portuguese boss could not recover. He had lost the faith of fans, and importantly the board, despite leading the club to their highest Premier League points finish just the season before.

Expectations had risen after a summer spending spree financed by the sale of Gareth Bale, but only three of the seven additions remain at the club two seasons on.

The defeat caused chairman Daniel Levy to decide to abandon the Villas-Boas project, and take his time considering a new direction.

Tim Sherwood was appointed in his place but was only ever a short-term stop gap aimed at getting to the end of the season, before Mauricio Pochettino was brought in.

Pochettino does not have positive memories of The Etihad himself, losing 4-1 last season with Sergio Aguero netting all four - but this is a very different Tottenham team to the one that lined up that day with a central defensive pairing of Younes Kaboul and Federico Fazio.

The Argentine has been building a strong team which beat City 4-1 at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, and now sit above Manuel Pellegrini's side in the lead.

A win at The Etihad this weekend would be a symbolic show of progress after losing the last two games at the stadium by a combined 10-1 scoreline, and underline just how far they have come since Hugo Lloris had to depressingly pick the ball out of the net for a sixth time in one afternoon.

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