EPL: AVB's lost the plot

EPL: AVB's lost the plot

MAN CITY 6

(Jesus Navas 1, 90+2, Sandro 34-og, Alvaro Negredo 55, Sergio Aguero 40, 50)

TOTTENHAM 0

Beyond the booing of the Tottenham supporters, there is the distant sound of a clock ticking. The countdown began for Andre-Villas Boas last Sunday night.

He's not about to be sacked. But he has been found out.

As the recently reformed Monty Python might say, he's not the Messiah; he's a very naive manager.

Should the day arrive when the axe falls, the Spurs boss will look back at the Etihad debacle as the moment his head was shoved on the block.

As clinical as Manchester City were at their home fortress, Tottenham were calamitous - in defence, in midfield, in attack, but most damaging of all, in the dugout.

City's ruthless 6-0 victory put to bed any lingering optimism that North London is home to two potential title contenders.

Tottenham's tactical naivety was ruthlessly exposed. AVB wears designer suits and raincoats, but this was a damning example of the Emperor's new clothes.

There's nothing new or revolutionary in the Spurs' manager's tactics, just a stubborn persistence in a cumbersome top-heavy midfield, a lack of width and an obvious absence of pace up front.

Aaron Lennon's inclusion might suggest an emphasis on width, but he was almost a token winger.

Tottenham's five in midfield continued to suck the play towards the centre circle which looks impressive in the possession stats, but less so in the only statistic that matters - shots on goal.

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