The numbers surrounding Manchester City’s season are frankly absurd; it’s now a record-breaking 16 wins in a row after humbling Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening. With the win over Spurs, it’s 16 wins from 17 league games this season for City and they are just flying.
Spurs started brightly as they pressed the table-toppers, but quickly faded as Ilkay Gundogan was gifted the opening goal after he lost Harry Winks during a corner routine.
Sergio Aguero went close to doubling City’s lead in the 24th minute, but his low strike from distance was turned away by Hugo Lloris. Spurs, meanwhile, were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure, with the hope of catching City on the counter.
Harry Kane saw a shot whistle past Ederson’s post just after the half-hour mark, and the visitors went into the dressing room 1-0 down.
After the break, City looked dangerous every time they went forward with the ball. Ederson was called into action as he produced a stunning save to deny Kane from close range. Pep Guardiola freshened things up by bringing on Gabriel Jesus for Aguero. Soon, the hosts doubled their lead after 70 minutes, as Kevin De Bruyne registered his name on the score-sheet with a thumping effort into the roof of the net.
Five minutes later, City were awarded a penalty, which Jesus hit the upright and Sterling missed on the follow-up. But a trademark counter-attack saw the latter get his goal in the 80th minute – before adding another with a minute to go – to round off the game in style.
Christian Eriksen scored a consolation goal in the added time as City ran out as comfortable winners and extended their lead to 14 points over Manchester United and Chelsea.
With the latest defeat, we stay in the 7th place with 31 points, with any hopes of challenging for the title all but extinguished.
Having said that, the fans were left furious with the result and this is how they reacted on Twitter:
Done it again pic.twitter.com/u8rHorYJrh
— H. (@EfficientEden) December 16, 2017
— jordan (@jord_1230) December 16, 2017
— Ben (@Pochspur) December 16, 2017
— Luke (@FosuMadness) December 16, 2017
So Spursy. No passion. I have no idea why Kane would stay. He really should leave and go to RM. This team will not finish in top 6.
— jerry (@INDsoulman41) December 16, 2017
How did trippier stay on the whole game! I said 15 mins into it he needed to change, Sane took it past him every time!!
— James (@James_THFC1) December 16, 2017
Poch cost spurs that game with his team selection a few of those players don’t deserve a shirt
— jason lingard (@LingardJason) December 16, 2017
Shocking, dier needs to be benched. He is just that. The heart and passion has gone from this team. Pathetic
— Joel bailey (@BaileyJoel712) December 16, 2017
Our defence were useless. Passing back to the keeper all the time and trying to play the ball out from defence! Just get the ball down the pitch. And Dembele is unbelievably slow… Poch should have made some changes a lot earlier. #outclassed
— Matt Abdullah (@mafuabd) December 16, 2017
Me waiting for Poch’s excuse “I’m very disappointed. We are not good enough” pic.twitter.com/ZI4itOb1K7
— Captain Havoc (@_ahmadfathi_) December 16, 2017
Shame on you Poch, too negative from kick off, shocking team selection, embarrassing performance, Dier is not a CB, Dembele too slow, Eriksen asleep for 85 minutes, no pace or confidence, shame on you, shame on you
— Nick Spalding (@nickjdspalding) December 16, 2017
Watching Tripper v Sane was as embarrassing as watching Davies v Mané last season. Lambs to the slaughter yet again.
— Grumpy Yid (@AngryGrumpyYid) December 16, 2017