Rampant Manchester City crush Spurs 4-1 to go 14 points clear

Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho Manchester City

Manchester City emphatically underlined their complete dominance of the English Premier League on Saturday as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 to go 14 points clear at the top of the table.

A 16th straight Premier League win was secured with a first-half header from Ilkay Gundogan and further efforts after the break from Kevin De Bruyne and a double from Raheem Sterling.

The rampant second half performance rendered Christian Eriksen’s stoppage-time goal a consolation.

The margin of victory and the performance from City suggest it will take a series of unlikely outcomes for the title to go anywhere other than the Etihad Stadium.

While second-placed Manchester United can claw back three points at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, it seems all but a forlorn pursuit.

In the past six days, Pep Guardiola’s side have won against Manchester United at Old Trafford and then crushed Swansea City 4-0 in South Wales in midweek.

But there was no sense of complacency or tiredness as they faced another acid test.

With Leroy Sane’s speed a constant threat and De Bruyne capable of turning defence into attack with one perfectly precise pass, City looked barely troubled by the absence of David Silva.

The Spaniard was missing due to personal reasons.