Published on August 20th, 2013 | by Ian Cheeseman0
First Match Review and Photo Gallery
Before the Newcastle game I deliberated long and hard about the word that best summed up my feeling, I came up with the word giddy. The same process after the 4-0 thrashing of the Magpies led me to the word, if indeed it is a word, Wow!
I’d been cautious about expressing an opinion on the new signings before the games but I can now say that 90 minutes of Jesus Navas has truly impressed me. His pace was electric, his crossing, albeit with the right foot rather than the left, reminded me of Peter Barnes at his best, accurate and consistent.
Fernandinho was quietly efficient, he’ll show us what he can do in different types of games, when the opposition provide more of a threat, possibly at Cardiff on Sunday, but so far so good for the Brazilian.
Negredo’s cameo showed promise, and he had a perfectly good goal ruled out by referee Andre Marriner, who was definitely at sea several times with his decision making, not least the handball by Steven Taylor that should have led to a first half penalty for the Blues.
Aguero’s goal was superb, I was sat right behind his shot, he had inches to aim for and struck it perfectly.
I could definitely see a different attitude from Edin Dzeko, though I’m not sure he’d have been my man-of-the-match. He had a header and a decent shot saved but really needed to have scored to have capped an improved performance.
For me newboy Navas, Aguero and our Rolls Royce of a captain Vincent Kompany would have got top honours. City could have had a cardboard cutout in goal in the second half and I don’t think it would have made any difference, “Newcastle were rubbish” according to Olympic swimmer and City fan James Goddard who watched the game alongside me and Nigel Gleghorn.
Rubbish is a harsh word, but on this occasion, hard to disagree with, but that begs the question: Were City brilliant, or were Newcastle awful? Only time will tell, but I definitely felt the wow factor.
After the game I spoke to Manuel Pellegrini who explained that Stevan Jovetic had not been on the bench because of a shortage of preseason training due to a slight hamstring problem and that a further assessment of Vincent Kompany’s injury needed to be made before there could be a diagnosis. Looked like a groin problem to me – which could be a week or two.
Next stop Cardiff on Sunday, another performance like that would be perfect, and if you can’t get to the game I’ll be exercising my vocal chords with commentary on BBC Radio Manchester.
Tonight it’s Blue Tuesday from 6pm, this week Peter Barnes joins me again, no doubt I’ll ask him about Navas, Terry Phelan talks fullbacks and we’ll be looking back on the game (you can hear my commentary of the goals if you didn’t hear them at the game), unless listening to the podcast at BBC.co.uk/radiomanchester because for contractual reasons they have to be taken out of the podcast.
Enjoy basking in the joy of such a stunning start to the season, I know I will!
Written by Ian Cheeseman. Photos courtesy of Manchester City Football Club.