Written by Dan Cheeseman
After that deflating loss to Liverpool and a disappointing result against Sunderland, a re-assuring win was just what every Blue needed on Easter Monday… and that wish was kindly granted by the boys from the Americas!
The Blues started off the game similar to how they started against Sunderland, however this time they were able to maintain their momentum long enough to kill the game off early in the first half. The fast-paced start also reminded me of the game against United at Old Trafford last month, where City overwhelmed the opposition’s defence and scored a very early goal, which motivated the team to carry on playing well for the rest of the match.
It was nice to see Sergio back to his best in the first half. After not looking 100% against Sunderland, I was glad to see him back to his usual self and up for the game, right from the word go. He played a part in the first goal, when his shot was saved into Pablo Zabaleta’s path for him to head home, and scored the second with a beautiful strike from outside the box. From what I’ve heard, the reason why he was substituted in the second half was because he slightly twisted his knee, so I think he was taken off as a precaution, and it looks like he’ll be OK to play this weekend – Phew!
I thought that the defence were very solid, all four of them were fantastic, and if it wasn’t for a brilliant piece of skill by Graham Dorrans, they would have had another well-earned clean sheet.
Manuel Pellegrini got his team selection right, in my opinion, but it would have been nice to see Jovetic start the game, as I think that he and Aguero could form a good partnership up front. From what I’ve seen of the Montenegrin this season, he seems to play with similar attacking flair and the eagerness to get on the ball that Sergio always has, so in theory they should work well together – I, for one, hope to see that combination before the season ends!
After watching some more mesmeric, attacking football by Samir Nasri and David Silva, it was a massive blow to see the Spaniard stretchered off the field with his left leg in a brace, especially with only a few games left to go – it probably means we won’t see him again until next season.
But all hope is not lost – it looks increasingly more likely that Yaya Toure will be back for the game against Crystal Palace this weekend, and with Liverpool squaring-off with Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday, who knows – it could prove to be yet another much needed boost for the Blues!
Having said all that, I just can’t help but think, “If only City had started as they meant to go on against Sunderland last week, then we would still be favourites to win the title!” But alas, it was not meant to be, and that’s just how football is sometimes!
Keep on remembering Blues, despite what the papers, pundits and Jose Mourinho say, it’s still a 3 horse race for the title, and it only takes one slip-up by Liverpool for it to be blown wide open once again!
Come on City!!
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