Published on May 6th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Not again… Surely? – The City Nitty Gritty
Turn the clock back 2 (and a bit) years. City had just beaten Wolves 2-0 away from home, in the very same weekend that Everton performed a miraculous comeback to draw 4-4 with United. I know it isn’t exactly the same scenario, and there are some differences in dates/games remaining/goals etc., but you can’t tell me that there aren’t some similarities! And, to be quite honest, it’s starting to give me the heebie jeebies all over again!
This weekend has proven to us once again why the Barclays Premier League is the best football league in the world. If you’d have told me (or any City fan for that matter), last Friday, that Chelsea will draw 0-0 at home to Norwich, City will win 3-2 away at Everton and Liverpool will draw 3-3 with Palace at the weekend, I’d have thought you were crazy.
It just goes to show that anything can happen in football, and that (most of the time) it is down to the will to win, rather than the quality of the players.
I must admit though, I hated almost every minute of that game against Everton. From start to finish I was stressed, angry, frustrated and in disbelief. So I can’t even begin to imagine how the players and Manuel Pellegrini felt!
It was one of the strangest games of football that I have ever seen. It was obvious that the Everton fans were caught between a rock and a hard place. In this case the “rock” was wanting their team to win the game, but as a result handing Liverpool the title on a plate, and the “hard place” was watching their team lose at home, but then handing the initiative back to City. So understandably it caused some mixed emotions amongst the home crowd, and it seemed to rub off on their players as well.
Throughout the game, I thought that the Blues needed a rocket up their backsides. I’m not saying that, at times, I didn’t think they were brilliant, or not committed enough, but I just couldn’t help but feeling that they needed to show a bit more urgency when closing down the ball when not in possession, so that Everton would become frustrated and unable to gain any real momentum – but, hey, what do I know?! They scored 3 goals and won the game, and that’s all that matters at this stage in the season!
Even though it was considered an “ugly win” to most fans (and the incident involving Edin Dzeko towards the end of the game makes that analogy a lot more justifiable) it was another important morale booster – especially with it being at such an important point in the season. It looks like the Blues are going to carry this momentum with them until the very last kick of this amazing season.
I thought that Manuel Pellegrini made the rights subs, at the right times. Initially, I thought (and probably a lot of you did too) that the decision to replace Aguero with Fernandinho was a strange one, and that it would have been better to do a straight swap for either Jovetic or Negredo, to try and win the game. But he proved us doubters wrong, and having the extra body in midfield allowed Yaya Toure to press further forward (and we all know what he can do when that happens!). As a result, we became a lot more effective in the final third.
While he was on, I thought Sergio was our best player, and scoring when he did was absolutely crucial, escpecially after going 1-0 down a few minutes earlier to that wonder goal by Ross Barkley – me and my dad were discussing how that goal could be just as important as his winner against QPR back in 2012.
From what I’ve heard over the last couple of days, to my relief, it seems that the Argentine was taken off as more of a precaution, rather than because of an injury. So, if all goes well, for the first time in what feels like forever, we should be able to field our strongest starting 11 on Wednesday night against Aston Villa, with David Silva also returning from a 2 game absence.
As far as I’m concerned, we have 2 cup finals to go, and NEITHER of those games should be taken any less lightly than if it were a top team like Chelsea or Liverpool.
Surely it’s not going to pan out like it did last time though… is it? Because if it does, I’m not sure that my heart is going to be able to take it this time! And this sign sums up what I’m sure all City fans all going through right now!
As the season draws closer to an end, and the heat starts turning up, it’s beginning to look increasingly more likely that Manchester City Football Club are once again on the verge of something very special… 😉
COME ON CITY!!!
– Daniel Cheeseman