Edin Dzeko showed just why he has become first choice for Roberto Mancini's new galacticos with the brilliant four-goal blast that devastated Tottenham in a remarkable White Hart Lane victory.
The Bosnia striker, who couldn't buy a Premier League goal last season, snapped up a perfect hat-trick then added an injury-time stunner to emphasise his own potency and that of the buoyant Blues.
Samir Nasri conjured an impressive enough midfield debut on his instant return to north London, but his performance - and a good few others - was totally overshadowed by Dzeko's irresistible display.
Paul Whitehouse was among the stunned crowd, and as his comic creation Ron Manager would doubtless have said of City's biggest-ever win on Tottenham soil: "Marvellous, isn't it?"Read full match report
Barclays Premier League
As of: 28 August 2011, 4:29 PMView full league table
- Duration: 94 minutes
- Home possession: 42%
- Away possession: 59%
- Home: 5
- Away: 9
- Home: 14
- Away: 11
- Home: 1
- Away: 3