Tottenham 0 Man City 1: Manuel Pellegrini took a fresh swipe at Chelsea’s win at all costs approach on a painful afternoon for the dethroned champions.
On the day when Chelsea sealed the Premier League, Pellegrini could not resist a dig at Jose Mourinho’s side.
Of course Manchester City knew their time was up long before Chelsea sealed their title triumph across London about 40 minutes before kick-off here.
A couple of hours later and Sergio Aguero had fired them into next season’s Champions League, barring a mathematical miracle, as the Argentine striker closed in on the golden boot.
The personal accolade will be no consolation for Pellegrini who said: “Chelsea did what we did last year. They won the Premier League and the Capital One Cup and we did the same last year.
“We did it by scoring more goals and by playing in a different style. It’s important for the Premier League and it is important for the fans to play attractive football.
“That’s why I have said what I just said. We won playing another style. We scored 158 goals last year and in this whole season 102. We are the best scoring team.”
City should have fallen behind twice in as many minutes early on yesterday.
Eric Dier was left unmarked but somehow headed wide from Erik Lamela’s corner.
Then Harry Kane drove his low shot wide of Joe Hart’s right-hand post.
City finally settled down and Aguero saw a vicious volley go wide.
But the Argentine didn’t need another invitation as City reminded us why were once England’s best.
David Silva collected Hart’s quick throw out and the Spaniard’s pass saw Aguero round off a devastating counter-attack in the 29th minute.
Joe Hart came to his side’s rescue on the hour mark. Kane proved too strong for Martin Demichelis but the stand-in skipper stood up tall to block his new England team-mate’s effort.
City never looked comfortable although they would have been sitting more comfortable if Augero had netted two minutes later.
Fernandinho’s clever pass saw Aguero dance round Hugo Lloris but he failed to wrap his foot around the ball.
Lloris was called into action to turn over Aleksander Kolarov’s long-range thunderbolt.
But it was his opposite number who ensured Spurs’ poor end to the season would continue.
Hart kept put Paulinho and Lamela and even the rare late sighting of Emmanuel Adebayor off the bench failed to muster an equaliser.
Lloris 6; Dier 7, Fazio 5, Vertonghen 6, Rose 7, Bentaleb 6, Mason 6 (Paulinho 69, 6); Lamela 5, Eriksen 5 (Soldado 58, 5), Chadli 6 (Adebayor 84); Kane 6.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1):
HART 8, Zabaleta 6, Demichelis 6, Mangala 5; Kolarov 6, Fernando 6, Fernandinho 6, Milner 6, Lampard 6 (Nasri 70, Bony 75), Silva 7, Aguero 8 (Boyata 88).
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