Published on March 14th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman9
Burnley 1-0 Manchester City | Dan Cheeseman
Champions of England? I honestly wouldn’t blame anyone for mistaking City as being the team who are in the relegation zone today, as that performance was absolutely dire.
So that this blog doesn’t end up being as long as an essay on how well Shakespeare engages with the audience in Macbeth II, I’ve decided to just quickly sum up my thoughts below:
- 4-4-2 – need I say more?
- City never stamped their authority in the game at any point; it looked more like a match between 2 mid-table teams that have nothing to play for
- Martin Demichelis had what was probably his worst performance this season, constantly committing silly fouls and making the wrong decisions, which is strange considering he has just signed a 1-year contract extension
- There were 3 changes in the defence which played against Leicester, which means that Pellegrini still doesn’t have a settled back 4
- The team on the whole looked lethargic and unmotivated, despite just coming back from a 10-day break
- There was no need to play 2 up front again – Aguero always plays better as a lone striker and we missed the extra creativity that Samir Nasri offers in midfield
- There was no sense of urgency when Burnley took the lead, and this has been a recurring theme this season
- The substitutions were completely pointless, and I have to say it smacked of desperation on Manuel Pellegrini’s part
- If we play like we did today against Barcelona on Wednesday night, I’m convinced they’ll easily put 5 or 6 past us
- I’ve already resigned myself to the fact that we’re not going to win the league this year, so now it’s a question of whether or not we’ll finish in the top 4
As I said before, I could literally go on all night about how poor City were today and in the past few weeks, but if I did I’d just be repeating what I’ve said in my previous blogs.
I’m well aware that many people will disagree with most, if not all, of what I’ve said in this blog, but I don’t think anybody can deny that things aren’t going anywhere near as well as they could or should be at Manchester City at this moment in time.