Published on September 29th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Hull City 2-4 Manchester City | The City Nitty Gritty
“That’s Why We’re Champions”
If there was any better way to show why we are the current Premier League Champions, then it was the way we recovered against Hull on Saturday.
Having gone 2-0 up so early in the game and throw it all away before half-time would have been devastating for most teams, but the passion, professionalism and will to win which radiates from the players within this current City team is something special.
A perfect example of what I am talking about is our captain Vincent Kompany. While his defensive partner Eliaquim Mangala was having a really rough time in defence, instead of shouting and screaming at him like some people would, Vincent decided to console the Frenchman and made sure he kept his focus. You have to remember that while Mangala is the most expensive defender in Premier League history, he is still only 23 years of age, and learning to adapt to the high expectations of English football must be a very daunting task.
I heard people saying at half-time on Saturday that they would have brought on Demichelis for Mangala; I couldn’t have disagreed more. The reason being that I think it would have wrecked his confidence even more than it already had. Swapping a like-for-like player at half-time is demoralizing at the best of times, even if it was for tactical reasons, and after the half he had against Hull it would have had even more of a profound effect on the 23-year-old. I think it’s important that Manuel Pellegrini tries to sustain the energy and enthusiasm that Mangala has brought to the team so far this season for as long as possible, as it is obvious that the French international is keen to succeed at City, and we all know that he is a very talented player.
Our attack was on top form at the weekend; Sergio Aguero was unplayable in the first half and scored a fantastic first-time volley early on, Edin Dzeko scored 2 top-notch goals at crucial points in the game and David Silva was running the show as he usually does in midfield. To be fair to Hull though, I don’t think that any team would have been able to cope with our attack on Saturday – they were that good.
Sergio was causing all sorts of problems for Steve Bruce’s defence in the first half, skipping past players left, right and centre and his link-up play with Edin Dzeko has definetely improved. I must admit, when I’ve talked about Dzeko in the past I’ve said things like “He might not play pretty football, but at least he scores goals” but it was a completely different story at the weekend. The Bosnian took a page out of Sergio’s book with the quality of the goals he scored, as they were both pinpoint accurate and came at moments when it looked like nothing was really on. And while Dzeko is not on the same sort as level as David Silva or Yaya in terms of creativity, I’ve definetely started to notice that he is trying to become more of a team player – and it’s great to see.
I’m starting to think that the departure of Alvaro Negredo and the ongoing injury problems with Stevan Jovetic has given Edin and Sergio the chance to gel with each other more this season, as they have been working really well together. The combination of Edin’s power and Sergio’s pace has definitely become a force to be reckoned with in the world of football.
Another player who never ceases to amaze me is Yaya Toure. The man is like a sleeping giant in the way that one minute he can look slow and disinterested, and then all of a sudden he just turns it on and nearly scores a goal, or does a killer pass. I don’t think anyone could predict the 40-yard shot that he did which hit the post, or his perfectly-weighted pass to Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to the fourth goal – and that’s what I love about him. Players like him don’t even have to play particularly well in order to have a big impact on the game, and that’s why he would always be one of the first in my starting eleven.
In conclusion, I’m sure you’ll all agree that the scoreline wasn’t a fair reflection of the game, and the 2 goals that we conceded was the fault of one man who was having a bad day at the office.
Hull never really caused any problems for us, and had it not been for our own doing, I don’t think they’d have had any chance of scoring past us on Saturday.
Next up is AS Roma, and while I don’t really know much about Italian football, I do know that we cannot take this game lightly. They beat CSKA Moscow 5-0 earlier in the month, so we already know that they will be bringing an array of talent to the Etihad tomorrow night.
Let’s hope tomorrow will bring us our first crucial points of the group stage!