Verdict: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester City 5

A four goal haul from Edin Dzeko helped City overwhelm Tottenham in an excellent free-flowing game. Samir Nasri had a dream debut with three assists and showed how instrumental he can be in Roberto Mancini’s team.

With Dzeko as the focal point Nasri, Silva and Aguero displayed the fluidity and interchanging which Mancini looks for in his attacking play. Clichy is perfectly suited to providing the width on the left, while Zabaleta got the nod to do the same on the right.

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Verdict: Bolton Wanderers 2 Manchester City 3

David Silva was again the star of a second successive victory as City claimed top spot in the fledgling Premier League table. There were plenty of other top-class performances in another impressive team showing.

Roberto Mancini has instilled a solidity and purposefulness throughout the side where every player contributes and appears fully aware of their role. The manager seems to finally have the side playing exactly how he wants, even if he wasn’t happy at the narrowness of the victory.

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