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Published on November 4th, 2013 | by Ian Cheeseman

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Post Mcfc Vs Norwich

The reason why City are 2/1 favourites to win the title, despite Arsenal’s impressive start to the season, is that the Blues have David Silva and Sergio Aguero. Those two are a class apart of anything else in the Premier League, in my opinion. Silva changed the game at Newcastle and was magical during the thrashing of Norwich. Aguero wasn’t any less effective. There are things they do that take my breath away. How do those two do the things they do?

That’s what I want to see at football matches, things that make me marvel at the skills of the players.

The first great team I watched, that left me in awe, was the Brazil team that won the World Cup in 1970. I’ve watched some of the Barcelona games in recent years and felt the same way, and now there are moments and games, involving my beloved Blues, when they make me feel the same way.

OK reality check – this was against a woeful Norwich team, who put in a truly terrible performance on the day. Newcastle weren’t much better when the Blues thrashed them 4-0, another day when I enjoyed the wow factor.

Consistency therefore becomes the key word as City go forward from this point. The team selected, by Manuel Pellegrini, showed 10 changes from the League Cup win at Newcastle, but perhaps more significantly kept the core of key players that were more often rotated by Roberto Mancini. The former Blues boss used to talk about fatigue a lot, Pellegrini doesn’t – I like that.

There were times when Mancini used to interrupt the flow of the “first team” by overdoing the rotation, but the new guy seems less obsessed with that; good.

Would I consider the eleven City played against Norwich to be the team I would have selected? Probably not, but the changes I would make were in defence, which hardly mattered against Norwich. I could have played in goal or in the defence in that game, and I don’t think there would have been much difference to the score.

All the talk before the game had been about who would play in goal, and now we know that Joe Hart was dropped. It seems to have been what most fans and pundits thought should happen.

I’ve no intention of going over that whole “Chelsea goal incident” again, but it was interesting to hear Matja Nastasic answer the question, about his interpretation of the incident, when I chatted to him after the game.

Here’s what he said, “It was a difficult situation, Joe is coming from the line and I didn’t see him, but I think it was mine and Joe’s fault. I don’t want to say its Joe’s fault because when we concede a goal all the team has done something wrong, and all the team must improve.”

Perhaps even more significantly, Manuel Pellegrini said, “Joe needed a rest, I think it will be good for him, for England, for City. He’s a top player, he’s played for two and a half years in every match. Every player can have a bad moment, we will work hard behind him so he can return as soon as possible.”

Read into those comments what you will.

Don’t miss Tuesday’s Blue Tuesday, live from the Etihad Stadium, 6-7pm, Shaun Goater will be with me, and Uwe Rosler will join us on the phone live, and those who’ve asked to hear the interview I recorded with Uwe last week, you’ll hear that as an extra bit on next week’s podcast. You’ll find that available after 8pm next Tuesday at bbc.co.uk/radiomanchester

 

– Ian Cheeseman

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