Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5: Tim Sherwood says City are 'on a different planet' after defeat
The Spurs manager saw his side swept aside after they were reduced to 10 men
Tim Sherwood said tonight that Manchester City were “on a different planet” when it came to the rest of the Premier League after their 5-1 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane took City to the top of the table.
The Spurs manager said that referee Andre Marriner had been wrong to dismiss Danny Rose five minutes after half-time with his team trailing 1-0, but he suggested that City would have won the game nonetheless. On Rose's sending off for a challenge on Edin Dzeko, in which the left-back made contact with the ball, Sherwood said that referee Marriner had allowed himself to be influenced by assistant Scott Ledger.
He said: “The linesman jumped in and made the decision for him. It is hard enough when it is 11 v 11. They are on a different planet.”
He added: “I think Andre got it right initially when he called it as a corner but unfortunately for us the linesman decided that Andre got it wrong and he's given a penalty. It's obviously a last-ditch tackle and Danny's had to lunge in there a bit but he's having to because Dzeko is bearing down on goal. He clearly wins the ball.
“It made a difference to the scoreline. They [City] were excellent, weren't they? You have to hold your hands up. Even before the sending off, they worked around the pitch and they come at you from all angles and this team are the best team in the league by a country mile.
“Without question, in my opinion, these are the [future] champions of the league. And unfortunately for everyone they play, they don't just score one and then shut up shop, do they? They keep coming at you and if anyone is going to win the league, you want someone like this team to go on and win it because they entertain, they push on.
“It's not great for an opposition manager, believe me, but they just put you to the sword and that's how football should be played, in my opinion.”
The Spurs manger said that the Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, a target for his club and Liverpool, was a player was aware of but for now, “nothing was being done”. He said that he wanted to keep the likes of Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue who have sought moves way from the club this month.
He said: “To be fair the chairman [Daniel Levy] is always asking if there is anybody I need. I want to make sure if we are bringing anyone in they are of the quality to improve the team and not just a body coming in for the sake of it. He [the potential new signing] would have to settle as well. That's very difficult. I would be very cautious about doing anything.”
Asked whether the club were interested in re-signing Dimitar Berbatov from Fulham, he said: “I've seen us being linked to a few players. He's obviously a good player but I don't see that happening.”
The City manager Manuel Pellegrini denied that the red card had been decisive in the game's outcome. He said: “I don't think it was a big decision because before that happened, we missed at least five clear chances. If we review the first 45 minutes I don't remember one chance for Tottenham. We were the best team.
“It was a clear penalty and a clear red card, he was the last man. I don't analyse the referee. I just said we depend on what we do in every match. We still have to fight for 45 points more.”
Co-creator Mark Gatiss dropped some very intriguing hints ahead of the BBC drama's return next year
London 'needs affordable housing'
Mr and Mrs Smith star admits she's 'never been comfortable on-screen'
Singer was ordered not to 'blow her rape whistle' in song 'Vegas'
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Sami Khedira: Arsenal and Chelsea target signs pre-contract with Bayern Munich - reports
Arsenal vs Manchester United: Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta return from injury as Arsene Wenger delivers positive squad update
Dave Whelan: Wigan owner apologises for comments after Malky Mackay appointment but defends himself against anti-Semitism claim
Ched Evans: Sheffield United withdraw offer to allow convicted rapist to train with League One club
- 1 Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 2 Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Pastafarian former porn star Asia Lemmon allowed to wear colander in driving licence photo
- 5 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine