Published on January 10th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman2
Everton 1-1 Manchester City | Daniel Cheeseman
“No end product”
Manchester City managed to conjure up some brilliant build-up play yet again today, but there was also a distinct lack of end product in our attack once again.
The amount of times that the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic got into great positions today, but just weren’t quite able to pull off a shot enough to trouble Everton’s keeper, was what costed us in the end I think.
I honestly believe that had Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure or Frank Lampard been starting today, we’d have probably been 2 or 3-0 up at half time and gone on to win the game comfortably, but unfortunately we had 1 too many suppliers today and not enough finishers.
When I saw that City hadn’t managed 1 shot on target in 11 attempts at goal in the whole of the first half, it was obvious to me that we needed to make a change immediately, as too many good chances were being thrown away.
Stevan Jovetic is not an out-and-out striker, and David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas all tend to hesitate in front of goal, so on that basis I’d have definitely brought on Frank Lampard at half time (as Aguero is still not 100% fit).
The England veteran is a natural-born goalscorer, and in our current situation I believe he is our most reliable player in front of goal, so I can’t help but think that we missed a massive opportunity to win the game by bringing him on too late.
Another player I’d like to talk about is Eliaquim Mangala. Watching him try to defend against Romelu Lukaku today was like watching a father playing against his 5 year old son in the back yard. and for someone who’s supposed to have lots of strength and pace I thought the Frenchman looked completely out of his depth today.
It’s even more worrying knowing that Mangala will have to deal with some much tougher opponents in the coming weeks, such as Diego Costa and Lionel Messi, and so I hope that Vincent Kompany can stay fit long enough to get us through this tough period.
In the end it was disappointing to see City throw away a lead yet again, but I still think the Blues deserve some praise for the way the played and the fact that we managed to get another point from one of our worst away grounds.
The loss of Yaya Toure will inevitably be very noticeable in the next few games, but there are still lots of positives to look forward to in the near future. I’d expect Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero to return to the starting 11 against Arsenal on Sunday, which is fantastic news in itself, and on top of that it looks like a deal to sign Swansea’s Wilfried Bony is finally drawing near.
We might not have got all 3 points today, but if you ask me I’d definitely say that the positives massively outweigh the negatives right now! 🙂