Published on November 22nd, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City | The City Nitty Gritty
“Movement is Key”
It’s about time! It seems like forever since we’ve last had something positive to say about City, and while it wasn’t a perfect game, it was definitely an improvement on what we’ve been watching in the past few weeks!
I believe that one of the main reasons for our improved performance was the fact that there was a lot more movement from the Blues, particularly in midfield. In recent weeks we’ve stuck very rigidly to the 4-4-2 formation, and opponents have found it very easy to set up against us, but on Saturday it was a different story.
For once we played with a 4-1-3-2 formation, and it made a big difference. I noticed straight away that Yaya Toure was a lot further up the field than he normally is, with Fernandinho serving as the holding midfielder, so I knew we were in for something different right from the word go.
The Ivorian was certainly a lot more influential than he has been in the past few games, mainly because he was receiving the ball in much better positions, but I also think it was partly down to the fact that Navas, Jovetic and Nasri were constantly swapping positions throughout the game.
If you watched any of those 3 players that I just listed in Saturday’s game, then you’d have probably noticed that they were always on the move. At times I saw Jovetic playing on the left, with Nasri in the middle, and then at other times I saw Navas on the left, with Nasri on the right – and it made it really difficult for Swansea to defend against.
After looking back at the highlights of the match, I believe that the reason we were outplayed and conceded in the opening 10-15 minutes was because Swansea did exactly what we did in the latter stages of the game – by moving the ball around nicely and dragging our defenders out of position. If it wasn’t for the fact that Swansea tried to hold onto their lead so early in the game, they might have inflicted more damage on us, but once they’d began to sit back and invite the pressure upon themselves it was virtually inevitable that there was going to be an equaliser.
Overall, it was a much more convincing performance from the Blues, and it’s just the lift we needed going into the game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
It’s a hard one to predict tomorrow, as both teams will have key players missing (due to obvious reasons) and Bayern already know that they’ve qualified for the next round, but as far as I’m concerned it’s a must-win for the Blues if we have any sort of chance of qualifying for the next round.
I’d have said a few weeks ago that we’d almost certainly win this game under the circumstances, but the fact that we’ll be without some of our most important players might just add another twist to this already unbelievable Champions League campaign!