Published on May 3rd, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City | Daniel Cheeseman
“A Great Result”
Of all our remaining fixtures this season, today’s was by far the one that worried me the most, and the fact that City managed to secure all 3 points despite not playing at their absolute best leaves me a more than satisfied Blue!
Before the game everyone was curious to see how City would react to the news that Chelsea had won the league earlier that afternoon, and other than a few nervy moments (particularly in the first half), I thought they dealt with the pressure quite well on the whole.
Some frantic defending was required early on as Spurs hit the ground running, but thankfully the Blues managed to hold on long enough for Sergio Aguero to expertly finish off a fast counter-attack involving Joe Hart and David Silva. Had that goal not come when it did, Tottenham’s momentum might have carried on indefinitely and resulted in a very different scoreline, so from my point of view the timing of it couldn’t have been any more perfect.
I heard a lot of fans after the game today saying that Eliaquim Mangala had a good performance and that he should be “given more playing time”, but I personally couldn’t disagree more. When it comes to physicality – the Frenchman’s got it all, but in terms of positioning and his general reading the play – he’s still got a lot to learn.
In the first half alone I counted at least 5 mistakes from him which could have easily resulted in a goal, and those who watched the game on TV will surely remember that moment when Joe Hart snapped at the 24-year old for one of them in particular.
That doesn’t mean to say, though, that Mangala was the only one making mistakes today.
Martin Demichelis, James Milner and Frank Lampard all regularly gave away possession and struggled to keep up with the pace of the game at times, but instead of going on and on (like I normally do) it’s probably best that I just leave it at that!
Overall, while I might not have reflected it very well in this blog, I’m very happy with the result today and couldn’t have asked any more from the Blues. As I’ve mentioned several times this season – you don’t always need to play well to win games, and I’m sure that if you asked Manuel Pellegrini he’d say that the Blues did exactly what they set out to achieve today!
Bring on QPR!