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Published on May 8th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman


Good things come to those who wait! – The City Nitty Gritty

The phrase “Good things come to those who wait” couldn’t be a more appropriate summary of Manchester City Football Club. It took 35 years for City fans to see their beloved Blues finally lift a piece of silverware, and 44 years to see them lift the league title, so last night it was the players’ turn to return the favour and show a bit of patience themselves when trying to find a way through Villa’s stubborn defence, and in the end they were rightly rewarded.

The players and the fans were united as one last night, and as a result it created an unstoppable, relentless force going forward. Manuel Pellegrini’s pre-match plea for the fans to create a bouncing atmosphere for the players to thrive off couldn’t have turned out any better, as the confidence that exuded from the fans virtually pushed the ball over the line in the end.

From the word go it was obvious that Villa were going to shut up shop, Paul Lambert set up his team with 5 at the back and it was clear that their only game plan was to catch city on the break. If Villa were a better team, like Chelsea, that tactic would probably have been more effective, but with the determination and intensity that city were playing with last night, it was almost inevitable that they would somehow find a way through, no matter which team they were playing. And once the deadlock was broken, and the shackles had come off, it quickly became another rout.

In recent weeks, I have questioned the work rate of Edin Dzeko and his overall contribution to the game, and although my opinion of the Bosnian hasn’t really changed, I do, however, hold my hands up and say that he almost always seems to be in the right place, at the right time – and that’s an extremely important attribute that every striker should have.

In 2012, he was the one who revived our hopes when he scored the late equaliser against QPR, and several times this season he has pulled goals out of the bag at crucial points in games. He might not be a world-beater, or do anything particularly special, but he always seems to find a way of getting his name on the scoresheet, and I respect that. The way he celebrated his first goal has also re-assured me that it seems that he’s not just in it for himself, but for the club, and the fans.

I know that at the end of the game Edin was voted by most fans as the ‘Man of the Match’, and I do not condemn that, but for me it had to be between Pablo Zabaleta, and Yaya Toure.

I thought that Pablo was absolutely impeccable, and the effort he put into that game (and every game for that matter) was nothing short of heroic, and I can honestly say that I would rather have him in my team than any other full back in the world right now. No question. He has been the heartbeat of this City team the past couple of seasons now, and I really hope he stays at City for a very long time.

Onto Yaya; many people, including me, actually thought that it wasn’t one of his finest games, so the fact that he still managed to put in a 10/10 performance (as opposed to his usual 11/10) in my book shows the sort of level that he’s at! I know he made a few sloppy passes in the first half, but his overall performance has proved to us once again why he deserves to be this year’s City Player of the Year.

His goal to make it 4-0 was unreal – the man is the 8th Wonder of the World, and the thing that makes him so good is that he keeps on doing it week in, week out. I’m sure that he’ll go down as one of City’s all time greatest players.

Just to finish off, going into this last game of the season against West Ham on Sunday, and with the title in plain sight, we still need to, as the fans, carry on doing what we do best for just a little longer, and save the celebrations until the fat lady has sung, all our chickens have been counted, and Porky Pig has announced “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” – because there’s nothing worse than receiving bad comeuppance come the end of the season.

It’s all come down to this now, so let’s do what we did on Wednesday night and give the lads the backing they need to bring the title back home to Manchester!


– Daniel Cheeseman

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