Published on May 13th, 2014 | by maxbloggs1
A calm end to a stormy season! – The City Nitty Gritty (+ parade pics!)
After such a fantastic season, filled with drama, twists, turns and goals (102 to be exact!) a stress-free finish was nothing less than the players, and fans, deserved.
However, I must admit that about an hour before kick-off, when I saw Aguero’s name on the teamsheet, I couldn’t help but think “here we go again!”. But once I’d seen how confident the players were, and after Samir Nasri scored that brilliant goal, all the butterflies that were once in my stomach had exited in an orderly manner.
An uncharacteristic confidence echoed around the ground on Sunday; and it shows how far Manchester City Football Club have come in these last few years.
It is no coincidence that 9 of the 11 who played on Sunday were the same ones who won the league 2 years ago. You could tell by the manner in which they played that this was a team who’d done it before, and who could and would be able to do it again. But even though there have been certain players this year who, in the really important games, have stepped up to the plate, and showed their experience, there’s also been a lot of unsung heroes who deserve more credit.
I personally feel that every single one of the players in the squad today has made an important contribution at some point this season.The fact that we’ve been able to cope with injuries to the “big guns” like Aguero, Kompany and Silva throughout the season shows the strength in depth that Manuel Pellegrini has at his disposal.
Certain players who had a disappointing start to the season, such as Demichelis and Garcia, have come good in the last couple of months, and put in brilliant performances in several big games (and on Sunday!). And although players such as Negredo, Navas and Pantilimon have had a quiet end to this season, they were the ones who were playing awesome in the first half of the season; so I’d like to think that everyone has played their part at some point.
Another person who deserves a LOT of credit is Manuel Pellegrini. He’s the one who kept calm when things got rough, and stuck to his guns when everyone else was on his back. He was the one who believed in his decision to take Joe Hart out of the team after the 2-1 loss to Chelsea, and play Costel Pantilimon instead; looking back it turned out to be one of the best managerial decisions made this season, because when the England no 1 made his return to the starting 11, he was a better, more confident goalkeeper all round.
If I had to pick a Player of the Year though, it would HAVE to be Yaya Toure. The Ivorian has scored 20 goals in the Premier League alone this season, and has made the £28m we paid for him back in 2010 look like an absolute bargain – he is one of (if not the best) all-round midfielders in the world right now. I hope he stays at the club for many more seasons to come!
But all in all, I personally believe the title was won this year as a result of a team effort, and that everyone involved at Manchester City Football Club are worthy winners.
And Finally, I just want to thank everyone who has been reading my blogs this season – I’ve really enjoyed writing them, and hopefully I’ll be doing them again next season!
Here’s to next year!
– Daniel Cheeseman
Below are some of the best pictures that I took of the parade on Monday night!