ANALYSIS: City v Villa

Robert Toole

Yesterday’s 5-0 win over Aston Villa was impressive. After controlling the game from start to finish City moved to the top of the table in emphatic style after Chelsea and Manchester United both lost. Here we take a look at the major talking points of the game.

1 – City turned on the style

City turned in a classy performance in which the score line could have been far worse for Villa. City dominated and enjoyed 59% possession and completed 622 passes. In front of goal they had 21 shots with eight on target. Despite not scoring until the latter stages of the first half Villa never really looked at the races and it is little wonder City cruised to a big win with such ease.

2 – Maicon proved his worth

When Maicon arrived at City a few eyebrows were raised given that City have two of the best right backs in the league in Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta. His poor form prior to getting injured only compounded the surprise. Nevertheless, Maicon proved his worth yesterday following an effective substitute appearance against Spurs last week. Although it took him some time to settle yesterday Maicon played high up the pitch and offered a different kind of attacking threat, which is vitally important when a team like Villa put ten men behind the ball. With Richards susceptible to injury and spending lengthy periods in the treatment room the acquisition of Maicon could well prove to be a shrewd move by Roberto Mancini.

3 – Crazy linesman

With the game at 1-0 the linesman awarded City a penalty for nothing, quite frankly. After a David Silva corner the linesman *saw* Andreas Weimann handle the ball despite no claims for a penalty from any of the City players or fans alike. As City were preparing to take the subsequent corner the linesman awarded the penalty. It was the most bizarre decision I have seen and it was extremely harsh on Villa. Although I feel City would have gone onto win the game comfortably the penalty was at a crucial point in the game and seemed to knock the stuffing out of Villa.

4 – The team on song

There were no bad performances yesterday but David Silva was particularly excellent. His importance to City should not be lost on anyone as City look so much better when he is in the team. Matija Nastatic also deserves a mention as he continued to impress with another calm and collected performance. Although he was never really tested he seamlessly blends into the team which, as far as I am concerned, is a great asset for a centre back.

5 – Crisis talk is absurd

A lot of criticism has been hurled in City’s direction since the season began. Short sighted comparisons to last season’s form have been all too regular and some would have you believe the club are in somewhat of a crisis. Yesterday, however, City went someway to silencing their critics as they moved to the top of the table after Chelsea and Manchester United both lost. With the best defensive record, the best goal difference and being the only unbeaten team in the league it really makes you wonder what on earth the critics were on about.

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