Tottenham Spanks Manchester City 4-1
Tottenham Hotspur pummelled Manchester City 4-1 on Saturday to condemn Manuel Pellegrini’s team to a third defeat in four games and leave them exposed at the Premier League summit.
City took a 25th-minute lead at White Hart Lane through Kevin De Bruyne, but Eric Dier drove home an equaliser on the stroke of half-time before Toby Alderweireld’s header early in the first half put the hosts in front.
Harry Kane claimed his first club goal of the season and Erik Lamela added a fourth for Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino’s side followed Juventus and West Ham United in inflicting defeat on the season’s early pace-setters.
For City, who arrived at White Hart Lane at the head of the table, the manner of defeat was alarming, with goalkeeper Willy Caballero — in for the injured Joe Hart — enduring a troubled afternoon.
This defeat came on the back of last weekend’s home loss to West Ham United –- their first league defeat of the season –- and the Champions League loss to Juventus, with only the mid-week League Cup win at struggling Sunderland punctuating that worrying run.
Having appeared so dominant in the opening five games of the league campaign, when they did not concede a goal, Pellegrini’s side suddenly appear vulnerable, casting doubt over their title credentials.