Published on October 7th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester City | The City Nitty Gritty
“Our patience paid off… this time”
While I believe that the key to Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa was patience, I still think that you have to be willing to change it up a bit every now and then, depending on who you’re playing and what’s at stake.
Our tactic of trying to control possession and waiting for an opportunity to arise worked against Villa, and it has worked on lots of other teams this season too, but every so often a team comes along who knows how to counter it.
The game against Roma was the perfect example of that; the Italians were more than happy to let us pass the ball around because we simply weren’t threatening their goal enough. The reason for that wasn’t because we didn’t have the ability to score goals, as we fielded a very strong team, is was just that we didn’t seem to have a plan B.
Don’t get me wrong; I think Manuel Pellegrini is a fantastic manager, but as with any manager in the world, there is always room for improvement.
I absolutely love watching the style of football which the Chilean has brought to this club week-in and week-out, as he truly believes that playing positive, attacking football is the way to go. But sometimes I think he needs to prioritize winning the game, especially with the expectations that there are around the club and in the media nowadays, but I’d only do this when absolutely necessary.
At times, usually when we’re in need of a goal, there seems to be a lack of urgency in the team. I’m not really sure what’s the reason behind this, maybe they are told not to panic, but a hunch of mine is that we need a bit more youth in the team.
The arrival of 23-year old Eliaquim Mangala has definitely made a difference in defence, as he is obviously very motivated to succeed at City, and I think if we were to sign a few more players who had the same energy as he has, such as Ross Barkley, then we may be even stronger than we currently are.
However, having said that, there are still more than enough world-class players in this current City team to be able to do well again this season – which gets onto my next point.
I said in my last blog that truly great players can play poorly, and yet still have a really big impact on the game, and that’s exactly what Yaya Toure did again on Saturday.
There’s a fine line between being lazy and being patient, and Yaya Toure has had a lot of criticism recently for hovering around that line. However, the Ivorian proved to us once again that he can handle the criticism when he stuck to his guns against Aston Villa, and was rewarded with a fantastic first goal of the season.
I also thought I’d mention how fantastic David Silva and Sergio Aguero were on Saturday.
Having those 2 players in our team, combined with their attacking vision and low centre of gravity, must be a daunting task for any defence in the world right now. I’d go as far as to say that it was probably one of David Silva’s best ever performances for the Blues; he was constantly feeding Aguero with great goal-scoring opportunities and virtually didn’t put a foot wrong all game.
Obviously, there were several other players who played great on Sunday, and I could go on all day about how solid Vincent Kompany and co. were, but it’s easier to say that it was a good all-round team performance.
There’s a 2 week international break now, and our next game is against Tottenham at the Etihad on 18th October, so let’s just hope that none of our players pick up any injuries during this time – and yes, I’m looking at you Aguero and Jovetic! 😉