Tim Sherwood has no doubts about it – Manchester City will be celebrating a second league title in three years come May.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager witnessed at first hand the devastation the Blues can dish out on Wednesday night, when his side were thrashed 5-1 at White Hart Lane. Coupled with the 6-0 hammering they received at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season, and Spurs will be glad to see the back of City for a while.
Even taking aside the fact Danny Rose’s dismissal reduced the home side to ten men, Manuel Pellegrini’s team were on top form in the capital as Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany were all on target. This result puts the 2012 champions on top, where Sherwood expects them to stay.
“We’ve played the champions today, without question in my opinion,” the Tottenham manager said on Sky Sports. “Unfortunately for everyone they play, they don’t just score one and shut up shop, they keep coming. If anyone is going to win the league you want a team like this to do it because they entertain.
“It’s not great for an opposition manager, believe me, but they just put you to the sword. That’s how football should be played in my opinion. They’ve got to win it now, they’ve won it before but Manchester United are the champions now. But I just think these guys are on a different level to anything in the league.”
It has certainly been a good week for City, as both Arsenal and Chelsea have dropped points in the title race. This has allowed them to open up a one-point lead over the Gunners, whilst they are three ahead of Jose Mourinho’s men and can double this advantage when the two sides meet in Manchester on Monday night.