5 Things We Learned From Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham


When Fully Fit, Sergio Aguero Is The Best Player In The Premier League

The sometimes superhuman feats of Luis Suarez last season, coupled with his frequent injuries, made Sergio Aguero somewhat overlooked, and the same looked like happening with Diego Costa this time around.

When he’s fit and firing, though, there isn’t a better all-round footballer in this division. His first and last goals showcased the clinical nature of the Argentinean, and although the remainder of his afternoon largely involved staring down Hugo Lloris from 12 yards, his movement outside the box was superb. He could easily have scored eight.

 

Ryan Mason Looks At Home At Tottenham

Having worn the shirts of Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall and Swindon during loan spells – he also went to French side Lorient but didn’t play a game – Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason is used to getting moved around, but he looks to have finally found a home in the Spurs side.

At 23 Mason is actually older than Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, but his lack of top-flight experience means that you can expect to see him be referred to as ‘the youngster’ for the time being at least, but he wasn’t overawed by playing against the champions and turned in the latest of what is becoming a series of impressive displays. He’s here to stay.

 

Roberto Soldado Needs To Be Put Out Of His Misery

It was a brave call from Mauricio Pochettino to give Roberto Soldado a start ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor, but despite the Spaniard’s struggles it was probably the correct one.

What wasn’t correct, though, was Pochettino’s failure to sign a forward in the summer, and Soldado looks completely shot of all confidence as he attempts to put right what has been a nightmarish career in England. It wasn't the sole reason for their defeat, but why was a player struggling so much allowed to take such a crucial penalty?

 

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Fernando Is Still Finding His Feet, Whilst James Milner Keeps His On The Ground

It’s not been easy for City’s summer signing Fernando as he looks to nail down a place in the City midfield, but when he’s given a start in games such as this he needs to impress. He didn’t.

Frequently giving the ball away – as he did for Tottenham’s goal – Fernando struggled to get to grips with the game before he was replaced by Yaya Toure, and his performance paled in comparison to James Milner, who was all energy and boundless enthusiasm, once again showcasing that he’s one of the division’s most underrated players.

 

Jonathan Moss Won’t Forget Today In A Hurry

The first penalty? Wrong. Second? Right. Third? Wrong? Fourth? Probably right, but was the red card really necessary?

Referee Jonathan Moss had a remarkable day at the office, but you couldn’t really say that he was directly responsible for Tottenham’s heavy loss. The decision to send off Federico Fazio on his Premier League debut was a little harsh, but it only added to the remarkable and entertaining nature of the day.

He’s one for the neutrals.

 

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