Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City, the world’s richest club, again splashed the cash on transfer deadline day but it was old hands Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez who secured a 3-1 Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Manchester City has spent more than 37 million pounds ($58.77 million) in the final 24 hours of the transfer window, bringing in Javi Garcia, Matija Nastasic, Scott Sinclair and Maicon on Thursday and Friday.
None of the quartet figured on Saturday as Roberto Mancini’s side moved up to fourth in the table.
New Tottenham Hotspur signing Moussa Dembele came off the bench to score on his debut although coach Andre Villas-Boas was left waiting for his first win in charge after Robert Snodgrass’s late goal earned Norwich City a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
Spurs, who have two points from their three games this season, were jeered off.
Ivorian Toure fired Manchester City, who memorably needed two stoppage-time goals on the final day of the season against Rangers in May to win the top-flight title for the first time since 1968, ahead at Eastlands.
The hosts then needed Dzeko’s header on 61 minutes, which quickly cancelled out Bobby Zamora’s equalizer, to restore control.
Tevez sealed the points in stoppage time with a scuffed effort that sank a new-look Rangers team.
“We played well in the first half but we have one problem at the moment - when we have a chance to score we don’t score and the game can change,” City manager Roberto Mancini told ESPN television.
“In the second half we didn’t play well. We were too slow but in the end it’s important that we took the three points.”