Manchester City's rise threatens Manchester United and Chelsea much more than either side will dare to admit. The result at Old Trafford was no aberration. It could prove to be a window to the future - one that doesn't look promising for duopoly that The Blues and The Red Devils have turned the Premier League into.

Roberto Mancini’s Well-Oiled Manchester City Team Is All But Complete

The emphatic drubbing of Spurs suggests City's transformation from the big spending pretenders to genuine Premier League title challengers is all but complete, and a cap must be doffed toward the direction of Mr Mancini for sticking to his principles, despite staunch criticism and the undoubted temptation to please, during what has been a transitional period for the club.