Published on December 10th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman1
Manchester City 4-2 Monchengladbach | Daniel Cheeseman
“Football in a nutshell”
Isn’t it amazing how often in this sport you can go from feeling low and depressed to being on cloud 9, all within the space of just a few minutes?
From looking like it was going to be another disappointing night for City in the Champions League, suddenly we’re sitting at the top of Group D and hearing people saying that we could potentially go all the way in this competition. Crazy.
If there’s one thing that the Blues can do better than anyone else; it’s leaving everything to the last possible minute. For nearly 80 minutes (not counting those 3 minutes in the first half while we were in the lead) we were left frustrated and staring down the barrel of another colossal last 16 draw, only for them to turn on the magic in the dying embers of the game.
Do they enjoy watching us suffer? Or do they just want to make sure we get our money’s worth? Who knows. But I suppose that’s just the life of being a City fan!
Saying that, for the neutral it was probably one of the most entertaining games of the year – as it was the definition of a tale of two halves.
Borussia dominated the first, whereas City were the clear winners of the second. But while the Blues were on top after the break, it was obvious that changes still needed to be made in order to push them over the line – and I think Manuel Pellegrini deserves a lot of credit for doing just that.
The decision to bring Navas and Bony on for de Bruyne and Delph around the hour mark was the right one and came at the perfect time while Borussia were beginning to look tired.
Navas offered his usual lightning pace down the wings (the last thing the Germans needed at that time), while Wilfried Bony gave their defence a big target man to have to deal with.
I could sense straight away that a goal was imminent, with the only question being whether or not the Blues would have it in them to score another and take the lead – which thankfully, they did.
Having started this season’s Champions League campaign with a home defeat to Juventus, I bet not many would have put their money on City finishing top of the group, so to still do that is a big achievement that they should be proud of.
If I had to pick a Man of the Match, I’d probably say that Raheem Sterling deserves it for scoring 2 and creating 1, but David Silva and Yaya Toure both came a very close second for being excellent all game.
Overall, while there were still some shaky moments in the first half, it was a much more convincing performance than the one against Stoke at the weekend, and ended up being another great advert for the Champions League alongside many other games.
Something we’ve not managed to do well this season is to carry on the momentum from a good win onto the next game, but as we were reminded on Tuesday evening – anything can happen in football – so let’s stay optimistic going into Saturday!