Published on October 22nd, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 2-1 Sevilla | Daniel Cheeseman
“An anticlimactic… win?”
As with Back to the Future’s high expectations for what Wednesday 21st October 2015 had in store for us, I don’t think many can disagree that yesterday’s Champions League game against Sevilla turned out to be a bit of an anticlimax too – even though we ended up winning!
I found myself asking the same questions over and over again throughout last night’s game: “Why is there no sense of urgency?”, “Why are they not putting any pressure on Sevilla?” and “Why do they look like they’re happy to settle with a draw?” but in the end I could only come up with one logical answer – the Derby.
I’m sure that had we not been playing one of the biggest games of our season in a few days we’d have played very differently, but if that is the case then what does that say about the Champions League? You’d have thought that based on the players they’ve brought in and their goal to make the Club a global brand that City would have put the Champions League at the very top of their list – but it just didn’t feel that way at all.
It could just be that we played badly and that I’m over thinking it, but if my theory is true then the fact that Manuel Pellegrini still managed to secure all 3 points despite leaving Kompany on the bench and playing at half-capacity is either a stroke of genius or luck (whichever way you look at it) – but I suppose we’ll never know for sure!
Although I thought there were several pretty solid performances, for me the heartbeat of the team once again was Yaya Toure and Kevin de Bruyne. Those 2 were the only ones who looked capable of producing that moment of magic and changing the game in the blink of an eye, and as you already know that certainly ended up being the case – Yaya was involved in both goals and de Bruyne scored the winner.
Finally, there was definitely some cause for concern at the back again that needs addressing – the defence looked very fragile and were caught ball-watching for their first goal. On another day we could have easily conceded 2 or 3 goals, but I’ll leave the criticism at that for now because if I carry on going I’ll start convincing myself that we’ve lost!
In terms of Sunday’s game, I’d be lying if I said I had an idea of what was going to happen. At this stage I’d actually be quite happy if we came away with a draw, but when it comes to Derby Day I suppose you can’t not go for the 3 points – so let’s buckle in for another nail biter!
Just for the record, don’t let my earlier comments on Back to the Future Day being anticlimactic fool you – it’s literally my favourite film… like EVER! (You probably already know that though if you follow me on Twitter @Dan_Cheeseman 😉 )