What can you say after a performance like that? Shambolic in defence from start to finish and lethargic going forward. The goal after 14 seconds shocked us and we never picked ourselves up. For all the talk in the press this week from Holtby, Sandro and co., most of them looked like they hardly cared.
Hugo Lloris – 4 – Made two shocking clearances for two of City’s goals and particularly the goal in the first minute. Made a couple of decent saves and helpless for the other goals. A day he will want to forget.
Kyle Walker – 3 – Got caught too forward for a couple of the goals and offered little going forward.
Michael Dawson – 3 – His worst performance this season. Simply couldn’t deal with Aguero, who is world-class.
Younes Kaboul – 4 – I was pleased when I saw his name on the teamsheet pre-match but his first start in the league for over a year didn’t lead to an impressive performance, as he looked off the pace.
Jan Vertonghen – 3 – I’m not sure whether it was an attitude problem due to his annoyance at playing left-back or whether he has just had an off-day, but the Belgian was extremely poor today and compounded this with a missed clearance in the final minute which led to Navas’ second goal.
Sandro – 5 – Made 2 excellent goal-saving tackles, on Nasri and Zabaleta, but was isolated in the defensive midfield role and was over-run by Aguero, Negredo and Toure.
Paulinho – 4 – Played further forward and influenced the game offensively more than usual, but he did play sloppily and slowed the play down too much on occasion.
Aaron Lennon – 5 – The one bright spark in the first half as he looked to run at City but had little joy with his final ball.
Lewis Holtby – 3 – Hardly saw the ball and did nothing with it when he did have it. I think he needs to play a bit deeper.
Erik Lamela – 4 – Not the ideal start in the Premier League for the Argentine as he saw little of the ball and, despite attempting to run at the defence, was dispossessed all-too-often.
Roberto Soldado – 3 – Completely isolated and he is not the type of player who can make something out of nothing; he needs to be served and no-one did that.
Emmanuel Adebayor – 4 – Saw a fair amount of the ball and looked quite dangerous but failed to create any great chances for himself or a team-mate. Looked reasonably bothered.
Mousa Dembele – 6 – Played very well when he came on, daring to drive through the middle of the City defence and search for an opportunity to score.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 4 – Ineffective when he came on, a combination of not playing too well and Spurs not attempting to attack.
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