Jesus Navas, who opened the scoring after only 14 seconds, and Sergio Aguero each scored twice, with a Sandro own-goal and an Alvaro Negredo effort helping City equal Tottenham’s worst defeat since the start of the Premier League. Spurs have been undermined by their lack of goal threat this season and Villas-Boas’ desperation to change that was indicated by his decision to bring Emmanuel Adebayor back into the fold after freezing the Togo striker out in the summer.
Villas-Boas used the club’s official Twitter account to apologise to the Spurs fans and did not attempt to dress up his disappointment.
“Everything went wrong for us from being one of the best defences in the country to conceding six goals, it is very hard to find explanation,” Villas-Boas said.
“Our game plan and motivation was immediately affected by conceding after 14 seconds. After the first 20 minutes, when we could have got back into the game, we lost control of the situation.
“Every attack was a goal-scoring opportunity for them, we weren’t at our best and we have to be ashamed of ourselves after this.
“Our heads were gone after the fourth goal. To lose 6-0 is extremely embarrassing for anyone involved.”
Adebayor was forced to train with the reserves after refusing to leave White Hart Lane in the summer but was brought on at half-time at the Etihad Stadium.
Spurs have scored just nine goals in 12 Premier League games and Villas-Boas now looks sure to end his tactic of using Roberto Soldado as a lone striker.
Villas-Boas added: “[Adebayor] was in the fold. The only thing is that Soldado is on six goals this season and Defoe is on seven so the other strikers were scoring.
“He’s been training hard and gives us more attacking options and we will look into the future to see if we can integrate two strikers if it’s the way forward for us to score.”