Published on September 30th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Monchengladbach 1-2 Manchester City | Daniel Cheeseman
“A win? I’m Glad(bach)!”
It might not have been the prettiest of performances, but after our recent form the only thing that mattered last night was the three points – and that’s exactly what the Blues came away from Borussia Park with yesterday.
The game and score could have been very different had both teams put away their chances in the opening 30 minutes or so, but whilst our lack of goals was mainly down to poor finishing, Borussia on the other hand were finding it very difficult to get past a stubborn Joe Hart.
It’s amazing how the England #1 always seems to save his best performances for the Champions League, earlier this year he had a fantastic game against Barcelona (in which he saved a Lionel Messi penalty) and he’s done it on numerous other occasions in the past. However, while it’s great to be able to praise Joe, should we really have to rely on him so much?
The defence yesterday looked extremely disjointed once again – it actually reminded me a bit of the Stuttgart game in pre-season as it was completely frantic at times, but thankfully on this ocassion we had a world class goalkeeper to save the day.
Seeing how we’ve performed recently makes you realise how important Vincent Kompany is to the team, and why he can’t come back soon enough. We’re really missing his organisational and leadership skills at the moment, not to mention his aerial threat from corners, so hopefully his imminent return to the team will provide the team with another boost.
I personally thought that the referee was correct with the first penalty decision, Nicolas Otamendi was all over the place in his attempt to stop Raffael from scoring and caught the Brazilian with a flailing leg. I actually thought we were quite lucky not to concede a second spot kick after Fernandinho brought down Lars Stindl in the latter stages of the first half – so overall I’d say we had a pretty fortunate evening!
David Silva and Yaya Toure were obviously still not match fit after just returning from injury, and so when they came off I thought things slightly improved. City showed great character after scoring the equalizer and Sergio Aguero ended up taking full advantage of a tired looking Borussia when his experience and agility earned him a penalty late on.
Words can’t describe how important Wednesday’s result was not only for our progression in the Champions League, but also for the team’s morale on the whole. Losing two games on the trot and losing the top spot in the Premier League has definitely had an effect on the Blues’ confidence in recent weeks, and that’s why you could tell it meant a lot to them during the winning goal celebrations – I’m sure they’ll get back on track soon enough.
After holding Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park at the weekend, I’ve definitely been keeping a watchful eye on Saturday’s game against Newcastle, but even though I’m still expecting the Geordies to put in a good performance – I’m feeling a lot better after last night!