There hasn’t been anything as regular in this football season than saying Manchester City won. It’s rather routine these days, checking and seeing that the Mancunians have left opponents with nothing.
And on Saturday, Manchester City won again, convincingly, this time against Tottenham Hotspur. The Citizens were without David Silva in their side, but his replacement Ilkay Gundogan opened scores with a header after 14 minutes. Three more came from the hosts after the break, with Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling (scored a brace) inevitably the other scorers. Spurs grabbed a consolation late on from Christian Eriksen, but like it’s always this season, this was City’s day, that’s 16 league wins in a row for the runaway leaders.
Speaking of leaders, Napoli returned back to the top of the Serie A table after a 3-1 win at Torino. A scoreline of that same margin at the San Siro also helped their cause, with Inter suffering their first defeat of the season, and a shock one at that, at home to Udinese. That loss saw Inter drop below even Juventus, the champions climbed to second spot following a comfortable victory at Bologna. AC Milan’s troubles this season continued with a heavy defeat at Hellas Verona.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund, who couldn’t win for nine successive league games, now have two in a row, their narrow victory over Hoffenheim sees life under Peter Stoger continue on a positive note as they head into the winter break. Bayern Munich also ended the first half of the season on a high, as they just about scraped past Stuttgart, while Leverkusen and Hannover played out a thrilling 4-4 draw. Koln finally bagged their first win of the campaign as they saw off Wolfsburg.
Elsewhere, Barcelona are six points clear in LaLiga after braces from Luis Suarez and Paulinho made light work of Deportivo, despite Lionel Messi missing a penalty. Valencia suffered a second loss in three games against Eibar, Athletic Bilbao and Sociedad played a goalless Basque derby, while Lyon triumphed over Marseille in the Choc Des Olympique.
La Liga: Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo; Las Palmas 2-2 Espanyol; Atletico Madrid 1-0 Alaves; Celta Vigo 0-1 Villarreal; Sevilla 0-0 Levante; Eibar 2-1 Valencia; Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Sociedad; Girona 1-0 Getafe
Premier League: Chelsea 1-0 Southampton; Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham; Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle; Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool; Stoke 0-3 West Ham; West Brom 1-2 Manchester United; Leicester 0-3 Crystal Palace; Brighton 0-0 Burnley; Watford 1-4 Huddersfield
Bundesliga: Dortmund 2-1 Hoffenheim; Augsburg 3-3 Freiburg; Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Hamburg; RB Leipzig 2-3 Hertha BSC; Stuttgart 0-1 Bayern Munich; Koln 1-0 Wolfsburg; Frankfurt 2-2 Schalke; Werder Bremen 2-2 Mainz; Hannover 4-4 Leverkusen
Ligue 1: Rennes 1-4 PSG; Strasbourg 2-1 Toulouse; Nantes 1-0 Angers; Nice 1-0 Bordeaux; Caen 0-0 Guingamp; Lyon 2-0 Marseille; Dijon 3-0 Lille; St. Etienne 0-4 Monaco; Troyes 1-0 Amiens; Montpellier 1-3 Metz
Serie A: Torino 1-3 Napoli; Hellas Verona 3-0 Milan; Roma 1-0 Cagliari; Atalanta 3-3 Lazio; Crotone 1-0 Chievo; Benevento 1-2 SPAL; Inter 1-3 Udinese; Bologna 0-3 Juventus; Sampdoria 0-1 Sassuolo; Fiorentina 0-0 Genoa