Published on September 1st, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman2
Manchester City 2-0 Watford | Daniel Cheeseman
A Great (Bank Holiday) Weekend!
I don’t think I’ve ever felt more like singing the praises of the Blues. City won again, we signed another great player in Kevin de Bruyne, and as an added bonus, Chelsea, United and Liverpool all lost – it doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
I must admit, though, that at first I was a bit pessimistic as to how this Bank Holiday weekend would turn out. At half time on Saturday it looked like we weren’t going to be able to break down Watford’s stubborn defence, and I personally couldn’t see a way through as we hadn’t threatened their goal much, but I was delighted to be proven wrong after the break as Raheem Sterling coolly slotted away his first Premier League goal for City early in the second half.
After the deadlock had been broken it was pretty smooth sailing from then on (as you’d expect) and we could have easily gone on to score another 2 or 3 goals, but in the end a superb strike from Fernandinho was enough to seal the deal. I must say that I was very impressed yet again with the team’s performance on Saturday, the thing that’s pleased me the most this season is the consistency that they’ve shown since their opening day victory over West Brom; something which we’ve struggled with in the past couple of seasons, so the fact that we’ve now almost perfected that art has made us even more of a force to be reckoned with.
On Sunday afternoon, the club announced that they had signed Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg on a 6-year contract, to which I reacted as any other City fan would – with both relief and glee. Even though deep down we all knew that the transfer was only a matter of when, not if, you can’t deny that it was as if a huge weight had been lifted of our shoulders when the deal finally went through – so I’m just glad that’s over and done with now!
Overall, I’ve been very happy with how we’ve spent our money this summer – I’d say that it’s the best transfer window we’ve had in a long time. In past seasons, even though we’ve spent quite well and brought in some very good players, we haven’t really had one of those ‘big name’ signings since the likes of Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure came a few years back. I personally think that the signing of a name like Kevin de Bruyne will help us both on the pitch and off the pitch, as not only is he a very talented player on the field, but he’s also the sort of person who could attract other big names to join the club in the future.
There’s an international break now before our game at Crystal Palace, so hopefully that’ll give the likes of Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin de Bruyne a bit of time to settle in and adjust to Manchester life before match day. We certainly can’t afford to let our guard down against Alan Pardew’s team – they’ve just beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Selhurst Park is notorious for being one of the league’s toughest away grounds, so there’s no doubt that it’ll be one of our biggest tests this season.