ANALYSIS: Manchester City 7-0 Norwich

It’s always a great feeling when your team scores seven. The BBC Final Score service have to spell out SEVEN to make sure people don’t confuse the digit 7 with 1. It’s a scoreline that makes people sit up and take note.

City’s 7-0 win against Norwich was our biggest in the Premier League, and also our biggest in the top flight since beating Burnley by the same scoreline in 1968. Days like this don’t come around very often so let’s enjoy it.

But, what did we learn…

David Silva is back to his very best

In City’s title winning season of 2011-12, David Silva was central to everything good City did going forward, but he undoubtedly regressed last year. He still performed well, producing many of the magic moments he’s become known for, but he wasn’t influencing games at the level he had done previously.

It’s clear he’s now hitting top form again.

His performances since returning from injury as a substitute in the defeat at home to Bayern Munich have been outstanding, and yesterday’s win was the clearest example yet. He always wants the ball and when he gets it he creates something with his superb passing ability. He capped yesterday’s fine showing with a lovely goal and was City’s Man of the Match.

Fernandinho is a gem

When City shelled out £30 million for a player who had played for the last eight years in the Ukrainian league, it’s fair to say many raised an eyebrow. How could a player with barely any international caps who had been playing in one of Europe’s lesser leagues be worth such a hefty fee? That question is being answered emphatically every match.

Fernandinho looks every bit a top class midfield player. Energy, tackling, interceptions and a great range of passing are his defining features, and alongside Yaya Toure they look a quality pairing Their partnership is going to be vitally important to City this season.

Pellegrini is rotating well

The midweek Capital One Cup win at Newcastle was a great example of Pellegrini’s excellent squad rotation, and that theme continued here. Alvaro Negredo, another who has been incredibly important player for City this season, was taken off at half-time, rested and readied for more important action.

In the cup on Wednesday, Aguero and Yaya were left out the squad, and Silva came off the bench. The big guns are being wrapped in cotton wool when they can and so they should.

If this rotation continues to go to plan, City could find themselves with a well-rested squad come March when things become really important.

Norwich were poor

City were great at times yesterday but didn’t ever really reach their full potential, which shows just how bad Norwich were. Some of their defending had to be seen to be believed, and therefore City’s victory shouldn’t be the cue for an outpouring of grandiose statements regarding our ability to challenge for the title.

Any 7-0 win the top flight should be lauded, but make no mistake, Norwich gifted City a few of those goals. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chris Hughton was out of a job come Monday.

Written by Rob Pollard

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