Tottenham Hotspur boss, Tim Sherwwod, believes his side lost 5-1 to the upcoming English Premier League champions, and says Manchester City are on a different level.
City moved past Arsenal to the summit of the table by winning their eighth consecutive league game and are now 20 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Sherwood admitted after the game, the way City are playing is like true champions.
"We've played the champions today, without question in my opinion," he said.
"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."
Tottenham never found their feet in the game and were lucky to go with only a 1-0 score line into half-time. But in Sherwood’s opinion the game was over after his side conceded an early second half penalty and a red card for Danny Rose.
"I think Andre got it right in the first place when he called it as a corner," Sherwood added.
"Unfortunately for us, the linesman decided that Andre got it wrong and he's given a penalty there. I think Danny's making a last-ditch tackle so he's having to lunge in there a bit. He clearly wins the ball - I think we will appeal.
"It made a difference to the scoreline but they were excellent, weren't they?
“You've got to hold your hands up. Even before the sending-off, they come at you from all angles and they are the best team in the league by a country mile."
However, it wasn’t all rosy for City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, because his main striker, Sergio Aguero, went off with an injury shortly before half-time. The Argentine netted his 26th goal of the season and his 50th Premier League goal to give City the lead, but could again be side-lined for a while with a hamstring injury.
"We will see tomorrow (Thursday) with the doctor,” the City manager said.
"He has an injured hamstring so we will have to see how serious it is. We won't have any indications until tomorrow.”
On the penalty incident, the Chilean strongly disagreed with his counterpart Tim Sherwood.
"If you ask me it was a clear penalty and a clear red card because he was the last man. The sending-off was not the thing that changed the game, the game was over and completed from the beginning for our team,” the Chilean added.
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