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Sunday 28 December 2014

Manchester City 'on a different planet', says Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoroing their third goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoroing their third goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Steven Jovetic of Manchester City scores their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Michael Dawson of Tottenham Hotspur scores a goal only to be disallowed for offside during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Steven Jovetic of Manchester City celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Jesus Navas and Edin Dzeko of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Martin Demichelis of Manchester City is booked by Referee Andre Marriner during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoroing their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Etienne Capoue of Tottenham Hotspur (R) looks to Referee Andre Marriner as he shows Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur (obstructed) a red card for a foul on Edin Dzeko of Manchester City in the area during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur fouls Edin Dzeko of Manchester City in the area during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City receives treatment during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: England manager Roy Hodgson looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Michael Dawson of Tottenham Hotspur scores a goal only to be disallowed for offside during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Martin Demichelis of Manchester City tackles Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on January 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Tim Sherwood said last night 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.”

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