Published on August 24th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Everton 0-2 Manchester City | Daniel Cheeseman
“The Team To Beat”
After two successive 3-0 victories against West Brom and Chelsea, respectively, City had already caught the attention of the rest of the Premier League for all the right reasons, but the fact that the Blues have just achieved another clean sheet at Goodison Park has already made them the team to beat this season.
It always ends up being a sticky game against the Toffees and yesterday was no different – for some reason Everton always seem to put in that extra 10% of effort against us, but I thought the Blues handled that pressure much better on Sunday than they have done in the past.
Since the start of the season I’ve been particularly impressed with how we’ve defended, especially considering how poor they performed against Stuttgart last month, and I believe the main reason things have improved so much is because of our captain, Vincent Kompany.
I don’t know about you, but to me Vincent has looked hungrier and more determined than ever in the opening few games, and as I result I think it’s had a big effect on the rest of the team. I’ve heard lots of people saying that there seems to be an overwhelming sense of togetherness this season, just like there was when we first won the league back in 2012, so forgive me if I’ve sounded a bit excited recently – it’s only natural, after all! 😉
Anyway, back to Sunday’s game now. How great was David Silva once again? As Jamie Redknapp said after the game, it’s actually getting to the point now where you might as well just name him Man of the Match before a ball is even kicked, as the performances he’s put in so far this season have been second to none.
Alongside Yaya Toure, who was also sublime yesterday, I genuinely believe that we’ve got the two best midfielders in the Premier League.
Even though there’s still some room for improvement, I thought there were some promising signs from Raheem Sterling yet again. He was a constant nuisance with his lightning pace, overlapping runs and tracking back, and although he can be quite sloppy in possession at times, his run and pass to set up Kolarov for the first goal was top notch – so I’d be more than happy to eat my words if he produced things like that more often.
At the end of the day, we’ve just won 9 straight Premier League games in a row (equalling the our all-time record) while scoring eight goals in the process and conceding none – so we’ve got nothing to complain about at the moment now have we?
On Saturday we play Watford, which on paper is one of our easiest fixtures this season, but as always you can’t afford to let your guard down in ANY Premier League game – so I’m expecting another top performance from Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Whether we like it or not, City have already become the team to beat this season, and only time will tell if that ends up being a good or a bad thing!