Sergio Aguero Manchester City Lloris Tottenham
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero slots past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, November 24. Reuters
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero slots past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, November 24. Reuters
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero slots past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, November 24. Reuters

Manchester City are the scariest side at home in the English Premier League, without a shadow of a doubt.

Manuel Pellegrini's side brought out their attacking vigour to the Etihad yet again, and how, on Sunday, smashing Tottenham out of the park in a 6-0 victory.

Jesus Navas gave a hint of what was to come, scoring the opening goal after just 14 seconds, before an own goal from Sandro, a brace from Sergio Aguero, a belter from Alvaro Negredo, and one more from Navas left Spurs battered, bruised and with faces redder than Rudolph the reindeer's nose.

Before you could even blink after kickoff, Manchester City were ahead. The ball was passed back to Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who hoofed his clearance straight to Aguero.

The Argentine saw his strike parried by the Spurs keeper, only for the ball to fall to Navas on the right channel. The Spanish winger still had plenty to do, but found a pure strike right off the top-drawer and into the top corner from a tight angle.

Both sides showed plenty of attacking verve, and it was pretty obvious that the match was not going to end 1-0 -- nobody thought it would be a one-sided 5-0 though.

Spurs nearly pulled things back with just four minutes on the clock as Lennon's cross caused havoc in the penalty area with the ball finally falling to Erik Lamela on the left channel. The winger, though, scuffed his shot, with Martine Demichelis clearing the ball away to safety.

Aguero should have really put City 2-0 ahead soon after, but his chip when one-on-one with Lloris was batted away by the goalkeeper.

It was just back and forth in the first half, with one side having one chance before the baton was passed onto the other side.

The see-saw battle swung firmly City's way three minutes past the half-hour as the home side found their second goal.

Samir Nasri found Aguero with a nice ball, with the Argentine striker then forcing a save from Lloris. The rebound fell to Negredo, eight yards out, with his strike blocked by Kaboul, but unfortunately ricocheting off Sandro and in.

Spurs were left a little baffled by the second goal, and that numbing feeling became worse seven minutes later, when Aguero put City 3-0 ahead. Navas, criticised for his slow beginning in the Premier League so far, played in a perfect low cross from the right for Aguero to side-foot in past Lloris, as the feeling of the Manchester Derby, when City were unstoppable, grew.

That feeling intensified five minutes into the second half, as Yaya Toure powered through before laying it on a plate for Aguero to slot home his second of the day.

The salt was nearly rubbed into the sore, sore Tottenham wounds two minutes later, when Nasri struck the crossbar off another lightning counter as City turned on the style, like they have done so often this season at the Etihad.

Negredo then produced a "wow" moment, taking a pass from Fernandinho brilliantly, leaving Michael Dawson for dead with the first touch, before thumping, absolutely smashing it into the top corner with his left foot from 18 yards.

As everyone started feeling a little sorry for Spurs, City could have quite easily extended their lead with Negredo and Fernandinho coming really close, before one of the many men of the match Navas made it a quite unbelievable 6-0 with a nice finish past Lloris.

City are now only six points behind leaders Arsenal, and if Pellegrini and co. can find anything resembling this kind of form away from home, they will be a force to reckon with, and then some.

Spurs, on the other hand, did not even look like a top four contender on the day, let alone challengers for the Premier League title. Andre Villas-Boas has plenty of work to do.