Five things we learned about Manchester City in Spurs rout

The Etihad Stadium side recorded an emphatic 6-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Manchester City moved back into the top four on Sunday with a commanding 6-0 win over Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium.

Regardless of the one-sided nature of the game, what have we learned about Manuel Pellegrini’s men?

Interchanging of positions in attack the key

While both sides played a similar version of a 4-2-3-1 formation for the bulk of the game, their usage was much different.

Spurs players stuck to their positions, while City’s attacking forward line interchanged roles on regular occurrence – which their opponents could not handle.

The adaptability of Sergio Aguero in the number ten role and the movement of both wingers has City as one of the most devastating attacking sides in the Premier League.

Navas and Nasri terrorise Spurs

Both of City’s wingers were crucial in their side’s victory, with the Tottenham full-backs unable to shackle their opposition widemen.

Navas’ speed and quality delivery were crucial in setting up a number of goals, with the Spain international also taking his goals with aplomb.

Nasri on the other wing looked constantly lively, taking up excellent positions – both wide and coming off his wing in-field.

The form of the pair will minimise the impact of David Silva’s unavailability, with Pellegrini having real quality to choose from in his forward line.

Demichelis not overly convincing

Although after City scored their third goal it didn’t especially matter, when the game was close Martin Demichelis did little to suggest that he still has what it takes to be a viable option for the club at centre-half.

A distinct lack of pace and some questionable decision making saw the Argentine as the weak link, and if Spurs were to get back into the game you felt it would be through attacking the vulnerable South American.

Vincent Kompany’s return cannot come quick enough with sterner tests on the horizon.

Fernandinho improving

The Brazil international has taken time to really settle into life in England, and has had inconsistent form for City so far this term.

Despite this, his showing against Spurs was one of his best for his new club, with the former Shakhtar Donetsk man winning the ball back on a regular basis and good in possession.

If he continues in this fashion, he surely will be back in the Brazil national reckoning soon.

City well and truly in the title race

Despite the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea sitting ahead of them, the manner of City’s victory here is a warning shot to the other title contenders this season.

With so much quality and an unbelievable home record, City will certainly be there or thereabouts come May.

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