Published on October 25th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
West Ham 2-1 Manchester City | The City Nitty Gritty
“Do I really have to write this blog?”
Where do I even start? That has to be one of the most uninventive, lethargic and downright boring performances by any team in the Premier League this season.
It was far too little too late from the Blues and we paid the price massively. If Chelsea manage to secure 3 points against United tomorrow then they’ll be 8 points clear at the top, and I’m afraid there won’t be any miracles for City this season with how ruthless this Chelsea side are.
There were far too many poor performances all round today. Dzeko, Fernando, Navas, Mangala, Yaya and Clichy were all poor in my opinion, so if you think about it that only leaves us with 5 out of the 11 who actually played somewhat decent – and even then there were still some shaky performances!
Playing David Silva out on the left is an absolute waste. If you look back at the Spaniard’s performances this season you’ll see that he’s been the most effective when playing through the middle and regularly feeding balls to Sergio Aguero. So when you have somebody of his talents in an ineffective position you’re going to notice it immediately.
I hate the 4-4-2 formation. It’s far too predictable and outdated these days, and when the two players who are supposed to be working hard in midfield are slow and in bad form then it definitely isn’t going to go down well. West Ham were already playing with more bodies in midfield right from the word go, and so I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I looked at the teamsheets.
Now, I’m not going to start pretending that I should be the new manager of Manchester City, but I would have made the changes a lot, lot sooner. The subs which Manuel Pellegrini made should have happened straight after half time, but for some reason managers always seem to want to wait until 60 minutes in to do anything, and I think in the end it probably cost us the game.
We’re really missing Samir Nasri at the moment. The fact that we had to play Stevan Jovetic as a winger when he came on shows that our squad isn’t as complete as everybody thinks it is. I’ve said for a while now that I think we need to sign a world-class left winger, preferably someone like Eden Hazard who has pace and the ability to cut inside and devastate defenders, but for some reason nobody seems to have picked up on this at City.
To sum it up, it was another poor, poor performance from the Champions, and there was a lot more to the loss than just being tired from the game earlier in the week. We really need to be given a rocket up our backsides someway or another and, who knows, maybe a couple of bad results is what is needed to show the players what it takes to be the great team we’re aspiring to be.
Next up is Newcastle at home, and if we can’t beat a side who are currently fighting in the relegation battle and who we beat comfortably at the start of the season, then maybe we’ll look back at this as not that bad of a result after all (and that’s saying something!).