Published on October 20th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham | The City Nitty Gritty
“A game full of Hart and Goals!”
I’m pretty sure that any fan of football would have loved the game between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon. It was one of those games that had it all – passion, goals, skills, controversy, great saves – you name it, and I feel absolutely privileged to have watched it live.
What I love about those sort of games is that you lose a bit of that tension that you normally have when you’re worrying about whether your team is going to win or lose. It’s great to be able to just sit back and enjoy what was a great game of football from time to time! I was pleasantly surprised to finally see a team come to the Etihad and actually try and bring the game to us, rather than just parking the bus and trying to catch us out on the counter-attack, and so a lot of credit has to go to Tottenham.
At times, Spurs played just as entertaining football as we did, and you could tell that players such as Christian Eriksen were really enjoying themselves on the pitch – which was great to see. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were playing some fantastic football in the early stages of the first half, and if it weren’t for a terrific display by England’s #1 Joe Hart, they’d probably have deservedly taken the lead.
However, after a few worrying moments from Tottenham, Sergio Aguero managed to produce another moment of pure genius 12 minutes in, when he skipped away from Younes Kaboul and coolly slotted the ball home.
I must admit, I’ve always preferred it when we play Aguero on his own up top, as I don’t think he needs anybody else beside him – he’s that good! When we’ve played Dzeko or Jovetic in the lone striker role in the past it hasn’t been as effective, and so they need to be part of a duo, but when it comes to Aguero I think it’s a waste of potentially another midfielder if we were to play a second striker alongside him.
Shortly after Aguero’s first goal Fernando Reges, who had just returned from injury, made a costly mistake on the edge of our box, which resulted in Tottenham’s equalizer moments later. But whilst I know the goal was mainly the Brazilian’s fault, I don’t think he’s entirely to blame.
The Blues were caught napping after we’d scored a couple of minutes earlier, and the speed in which Tottenham pressed City after the kick-off caught everybody out. But having said that, the response from City after Eriksen’s equalizer was just as good.
It took just 5 minutes for Frank Lampard to get brought down by Erik Lamela in Spurs’ box and earn a penalty for the Blues, which Sergio easily converted, and the momentum quickly shifted back in City’s way. From that point onwards it was pretty easy going for the Blues, despite a missed penalty by Sergio Aguero, and I think that the passion and sense of security which radiated from Joe Hart definitely made an impact on the team.
Joe was outstanding in the first half, and he made another crucial save about an hour in when he saved Roberto Soldado’s controversial penalty. He made several other great saves before the game was over, but instead of highlighting each one individually it’s easier to just say he had a fantastic performance overall!
Sergio Aguero also completed his hattrick in the second half, after he dispatched what was his second penalty of the evening and produced another world-class finish from out of nowhere (what he does best!). I did have a feeling that once Aguero missed his second penalty in the second half (and the chance to get his hattrick) that he was still going to get the match ball, because he had the hunger – and when a striker of his quality is hungry it doesn’t usually bode well for the opposition!
Tomorrow night we play CSKA Moskow, a team who are also in good form at the moment and who we beat 2-1 last time round thanks to 2 goals from none other than Sergio Aguero.
It’ll be interesting to see if City’s new cold-weather training facilities (which they started using last week) have made a difference yet, because they’ll surely have to face near-freezing temperatures on Tuesday night!
Win, lose or draw – I’m sure it’s going to be a fascinating game for various different reasons!