Published on September 25th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 7-0 Sheffield Wednesday | City Nitty Gritty
“An impressive, routine win”
You’d think that having scored 7 goals yesterday that there would be lots to talk about – but there really isn’t!
It wasn’t our best performance, and it wasn’t our worst, the 7-0 scoreline looks a lot more flattering than it really was. You have to remember that we were playing a Championship side, who had a man sent off very early in the second half.
But having said that, it still was an impressive win, and we did what we needed to do in order to advance to the next stage.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the line-up yesterday. Although it was still a weakened side, there were several first-teamers playing such as Yaya, Dzeko and Navas, which made the game a lot more entertaining.
Usually, in those sort of games, we play almost a completely different side than we did the previous match, and I thought that keeping some of our core players was crucial in giving City that extra edge over the Championship side. Another reason why I thought it was a good team selection by Pellegrini was because it showed the fans that the Blues are taking this competition seriously, and trying to retain the Capital One Cup trophy.
Had we played no first team regulars, it might have ended up going to extra time and penalties – and that wouldn’t have been ideal for us with all our current injury problems.
I was very pleased with Jesus Navas’ performance last night. He was a constant threat down the wings and complimented Frank Lampard’s passing and through-balls wonderfully. His run and finish for the third goal was top-quality in every sense, and the Spaniard continued to cause all sorts of problems for Wednesday’s defence for the rest of the evening.
While I thought Frank Lampard played well, I’d still say that there were plenty of other players who contributed exceptionally last night. Fernandinho, Yaya, Milner and Mangala also displayed their qualities against Stuart Gray’s side, and had it not been for them, it might have been a different story.
I was glad to see who everyone has been calling “the mini Messi” Jose Pozo finally play (even if it was for only half an hour or so), as from what I saw he looked very promising. I’ve thought for a while now that we’ve needed to add a bit of youth to the side, who is full of energy and pace, and when I saw City sign Eliaquim Mangala in the Summer transfer window I was understandably very excited, so I would be more than happy to see the 18-year old Spaniard get some game time in the near future.
Next up is Hull City at the KC Stadium, and while I expect us to win there on Saturday, we cannot underestimate them.
Having seen City slip up against Stoke a couple of weeks ago, Steve Bruce’s side may decide to take a similar approach as The Potters did, and so we have to make sure we are more prepared this time around.
And finally, while it’s very unlikely, let’s hope that Aston Villa somehow manage to come away with some points at Stamford Bridge – as there’s nothing better than seeing a bitter Jose Mourinho! 😉