Monday, August 15, 2011

City vs. Swansea Recap

Wow. That was better than I dared hope. I know it was only one game, but that was as complete a victory as you could ask for. Shots On Goal were 15 to 3 in favor of City, Joe Hart was truly tested just the once, and we took our chances well. Were it not for Swansea's new goalie Vorn, the game would have been even more of a slaughter.

But it was not just the goals, it was the manner of the performance. I don't think there was one player on the team who preformed poorly. Dzeko had his best game in a City shirt, Silva continued his ongoing audition for the role of Best City Player Ever, Johnson was threatening, the back line solid. And Aguero. Good God, what a debut! The first goal was good, his assist was fantastic, and his second goal sublime. his link-up play with Dzeko was perfect, it seemed as though they'd been playing together for years.

The only nitpick I have is that our defense did lose a fair amount when De Jong went out. Swansea's most threatening attacking play occurred in that period, having a couple of good counter-attacks. Obviously, Aguero's boost to the offense more than compensated for that, but it still seems we will have trouble being tight defensively in a 4-4-2 without De Jong. In fact, in Silva and De Jong, City have two players that seem to be irreplaceable. If we do get Nasri, he could maybe fill in for Silva, but De Jong has no backup.

However, that is a worry for the future. Right now, we are top of the league and hopefully we won't change our position in the table the rest of the season.

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