AVB: We paid heavy price for woeful performance
Midfielder Samir Nasri believes Manchester City are proving what they are capable of at the Etihad Stadium after routing Barclays Premier League rivals Tottenham.
City made a mockery of pre-match predictions that this would be a tight affair with a 6-0 thumping of Spurs to underline their title challenge against a side that have strong designs on a top-four finish.
While the Sky Blues are struggling on their travels, Sunday's thumping win kept City's 100 per cent record at home in tact, with six victories and 26 goals scored at Eastlands this season as they bounced back from a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland last time out.
"It was really good and we showed once again that against the big squads we always respond at home. It's a great result, 6-0, you don't see it that often," Nasri told Sky Sports 1.
"We maintained our great run at home."
Spanish winger Jesus Navas book-ended the scoring in the first and last minute, with his opener coming after just 13 seconds.
Sergio Aguero also bagged a brace, while Sandro's own goal and Alvaro Negredo's curled effort sealed an emphatic win.
"All the goals were really nice, it's difficult to pick one of them," Nasri said.
"We scored six goals but we had a clean sheet as well."
Man-of-the-match Aguero added: "I'm very happy. Now we must continue the same way."
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas admitted his side had paid a "heavy price" for a woeful performance.
The Portuguese may be under a bit of pressure after the north London side's second defeat in a row - following a 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle before the international break.
But while Tottenham came away from that game cursing their luck after a phenomenal performance from Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul, they were outclassed in every department by City here.
"It's difficult to take," said the former Chelsea manager.
"I thought we had a very, very good reaction to the goal suffered. That's probably the only positive of the game we have is the moment we suffered - the first 20 minutes before they scored the second goal.
"It's not a lot to look for, everything went bad for us. From being one of the best defences in the country to suffering six goals.
"City were excellent, we were extremely poor and we paid a heavy price.
"From the moment we suffer the 4-0 we weren't mentally playing the game.
"We have high expectations to do well and because of those expectations, to see us 4-0 down after 51 minutes, that mentally takes us very, very down."
Manchester City manager boss Manuel Pellegrini said: "It's impossible to play better than we did today."
City's home form is in direct contrast to their results on their travels, where they have lost four of their opening six away matches.
Pellegrini, though, insists he does not have different mindsets to home and away fixtures.
Describing the discrepancy, he said: "I think we don't play so different but for different things - for a mistake or some bad luck - we don't have all the points that we deserve away.
"We play exactly the same when we play away, maybe the teams at home think differently. We are working in that sense and we continue in the same way."