Published on December 13th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman1
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City | The City Nitty Gritty
“A win’s a win”
Let’s be honest; it wasn’t the prettiest of games, but the only thing that matters at this stage in the season is that we got all 3 points and keep the pressure on Chelsea.
As usual, we went into the match without several of our most important players, but at least there was a little more hope with the return of David Silva and Vincent Kompany. The Spaniard was back to his old ways in midfield, linking up with Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure to create some beautiful pieces of play, plus he added some much-needed quality to the team with the absence of Sergio Aguero.
Although it wasn’t one of his best games, I thought Vincent Kompany’s return was a big morale booster for the rest of the team. The Belgian’s ability to both calm the team down in panicky situations, and fire them up when extra effort is needed can often be the difference between winning or losing, and so I always feel much better when he’s on the pitch.
I thought Eliaquim Mangala was slightly better as well on Saturday, as he took advantage of the strong points in his game more than he has done in recent weeks. For the first time in a while the Frenchman showed that he has great pace, strength and aerial ability, and so it makes me believe that the reason Pellegrini signed him was because of his physicality rather than his technicality, and leave the rest to Kompany.
Another player who’s becoming to be an important part of the team is Frank Lampard, and I’m pretty sure that nobody thought we’d be saying that at the start of the season! The England veteran has definitely exceeded my expectations since joining City in the summer, and it just goes to show that class is permanent when it comes to football.
It would have never crossed my mind in a million years to think of signing someone like Frank Lampard for this current City team, as we already have a lot of quality in midfield, but it’s proved to be another stroke of genius by Manuel Pellegrini until we can find a more permanent solution.
I was lucky enough to be 1 of the 3300 or so City fans who traveled down to the game on Saturday, and I have to say that they were immense all throughout the game. I honestly can’t remember there being more than a minute gap between chants, and you could tell that it was having an effect on the players.
Leicester never really got any momentum during the 90 minutes, and while I think that was partly down to the fact that they were playing a really good side, I also think it was because the City fans made it feel like it was an away fixture for the Foxes. I just wish we’d be able to test that “12th man” theory more at our home games, as the team have needed some extra encouragement on several occassions this season while morale was low, but I can’t really criticize anybody because as I’m one of the quiet ones who concentrates on watching the game!
In summary, looking back on this game in the future I think we’ll say that was another great win for the Blues. We were against a team that’s currently fighting for survival in the Premier League, and we all know that those sorts of fixtures can be potentially hazardous if you take them lightly, so I have to give credit to the team for sticking it out and getting the job done.
At least we have a somewhat “easier” run of games coming up now (if there is such a thing) and hopefully the likes of Vincent Kompany, Stevan Jovetic and Sergio Aguero will all be back in in time for our rematch with Barcelona in the new year!