Published on December 4th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman1
Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City | The City Nitty Gritty
“Short but sweet”
Sorry it’s a bit short this blog, but it’s because I wasn’t able to watch the game like I normally do. Trying to give a proper analysis on a match that I watched on the internet, in poor quality, and having missed the opening 20 minutes is virtually impossible!
So in that case, here’s my very brief summary of what I did see:
In my opinion we looked back to our absolute best last night. Sergio Aguero was unplayable due to his usual reading of the game, contribution to the team, and how clinical he was in front of goal.
The man cannot seem to put a foot wrong at the moment, he scores goals like he’s playing a kick-about game with his son in the back garden, and he can also create goals like some of the world’s best playmakers.
It’s also great to see Yaya Toure playing back on top form, especially because I believe that when he plays well, the rest of the team usually follows. I could go on all day about how great Nasri, Fernandinho, Zabaleta and Clichy were too, but it would be stating the obvious a bit too much because I’m sure you all agree anyway!
I personally thought that Manuel Pellegrini made the right choice in picking Boyata instead of Sagna, as the Belgian is more experienced in that position and has the pace to recover if he or somebody else makes a mistake.
You might be surprised to hear this, but I honestly felt more comfortable with Dedryck Boyata in defence than Eliaquim Mangala.
I think the reason is because I didn’t have that constant fear in the back of my mind of “I hope he doesn’t do something stupid” like I do when the Frenchman is playing. It really shouldn’t be this way, and the difference in price proves that, so I genuinely hope that Mangala can get his act together soon enough so that he can mature into his role next to Vincent Kompany.
In summary, it’s great to see the team playing with the same sort of confidence that they had last season again. There’s been a gradual improvement since our 3-2 win over Bayern a couple of weeks ago, and the fact that we just scored 4 goals against a team which Chelsea drew 0-0 with at the weekend makes it even better – so we must be doing something better than Jose Mourinho’s side!
We’ve got another big game on Saturday, so let’s hope we can keep this momentum going and get a few more wins under our belt before the start of the new year!
Come on you Blues!