Sergio injury fails to halt five-star City’s surge

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Sergio injury fails to halt five-star City’s surge

Manuel Pellegrini’s free-scoring side hit five more goals with Sergio Aguero (who was replaced just before half-time with a hamstring injury), Yaya Toure (penalty), Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and skipper Vincent Kompany all scoring with Etienne Capoue’s second-half effort a mere consolation for Spurs.

This five-star show at White Hart Lane allowed City to storm to the summit, one point above Arsenal.

Vincent Kompany refused to talk about the title despite his side going goal-crazy once again.

“I don’t even want to talk about that,” he said. “I’m so happy with the win and the way we played, not just the result. We are enjoying it and it’s a great time to be part of things. There is still no silverware, a lot of games are to be played. We’ll stay calm and prepare for the next game.”

Bad news came, though, with Aguero limping off, not long after coming back from an injury.

“It’s bad news, of course, we will have to see, we don’t know how bad it is but hopefully he’ll be back very soon,” Kompany added. “The good news is Jovetic stepped up and was the player we know he can be.”

Following the 6-0 rout of Spurs at the Etihad Stadium, this was the first time a team has scored 10 goals in the same season against the north Londoners since Portsmouth in 1957-58.

It was of little surprise that City broke the deadlock in the 14th minute as Aguero grabbed his 50th Premier League goal. David Silva was the architect, the Spaniard afforded the luxury of time and space in the centre of the pitch and his sublime pass behind Vlad Chiriches allowed Aguero to pull between Spurs’ centre-back duo and clip a classy first time finish past Hugo Lloris.

It was Aguero’s 15th league goal of the season and his 26th of a stunning campaign for the striker.

On this fluid evidence, Barcelona beware in the last-16 Champions League showdown next month.

Aguero was at the centre of everything positive for the visitors as Tim Sherwood’s men could simply not get to grips with the Argentine.

The hosts thought they had levelled in the 36th minute as Toure fouled Rose and Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen’s set-piece was converted by Dawson. Yet the assistant referee raised his flag as Emmanuel Adebayor was in an offside position and interfering with goalkeeper Joe Hart.

City suffered a major blow on the stroke of half-time as talisman Aguero pulled up holding his right hamstring. He signalled immediately to the bench, swiftly replaced by Jovetic.

Pellegrini will be desperate that the injury is not serious considering the form Aguero is in with clashes against Chelsea in the Premier League and Barcelona in Europe on the horizon.

But if Tottenham felt they could forge a way back that hope quickly disappeared in the 50th minute. Dzeko got goalside of Rose and the left-back brought the big Bosnian down — although TV replays showed he did get a touch on the ball.

Andre Marriner consulted with his assistant Scott Ledger, who had flagged and the referee pointed to the spot. To add insult to injury, Marriner then produced a red card for Rose. Toure confidently stepped up to send Lloris the wrong way from the spot.

What seemed a long way back got even more tougher just two minutes later as City made it three.

Silva found space in the box and saw his shot hit the post, but Dzeko was on hand to sweep the ball into the far corner.

Tottenham substitute Capoue pulled one back but it mattered for little as Jovetic and Kompany sealed the rout.

TOTTENHAM (4-5-1): Lloris 7; Walker 6, Chiriches 6, Dawson 5, Rose 5; Lennon 6, Bentaleb 5, Dembele 6 (Capoue 45, 6), Sigurdsson 5 (Naughton 55, 5), Eriksen 6 (Holtby 83); Adebayor 6

MANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2): Hart 6; Zabaleta 7, Kompany 6, Demichelis 6, Clichy 6; Navas 6, Fernandinho 6, Yaya Toure 6 (Nastasic 64, 6), Silva 8 (Kolarov 80); Aguero 7 (Jovetic 44, 7), Dzeko 7

Referee: Andre Marriner.

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