Well then! That was just what the doctor ordered. City fought back to win against a Swansea side who are no slouches. Much like the pivotal game away at Hull last season, an early setback threatened to ruin City’s day, but our boys in blue fought back, took control of the game and left the Etihad with three points. Here are a few things which caught my eye…
Man of the match and deservedly so. City have missed Nasri a lot more than we could have expected (a situation exacerbated by David Silva’s injury) and today he significantly strengthened the team. The little two-step thing he does with the ball at his feet to con a defender is always a pleasure to see. In the lead up to the first goal his smart movement caused chaos down Swansea’s flank, confusing a defence which had been looking solid up to that point.
He will need to be at his very best against Bayern Munich in the midweek Champion’s League clash.
You can always tell from a player’s celebration how much they needed to score a goal. The look on Jovetic’s face after he expertly guided a Jesus Navas cross past the helpless Fabianski told you everything you needed to know. This is a man who’s career at City has been, to say the least, devastated by injury so far. Muscle problem after muscle problem has stopped him from proving himself on the biggest stage of his career so far. Suffering so many injuries must play on the mind. It must be awful wondering if you can trust your own body, not being able to rely on that most basic assumption we all make from day to day – that no matter what else goes wrong we can rely on our own bodies to carry us through each day.
Seeing Jovetic score, and have a good game all round, will never get old. Just like every time he does something good, I hope that this is the light at the end of the tunnel and that he can finally kick on – for his sake as well as ours.
The ease with which Bony escaped the City defence for the first goal was worrying, especially with Muller, Lewandowski, and all their friends hoving ominously over the horizon. Towards the end Bafetimbi Gomis split the City defence open in a similar fashion and only Joe Hart (who had another good game) making himself massive prevented a late equaliser.
On the other hand,for long periods City not only had the majority of the ball but actively dictated the play and forced Swansea back. This control, as always, originates from defence. City cannot imprint their will on games without dictation from the defence and that is what happened today. Even the recently error prone Gael Clichy imposed himself on proceedings (not to mention that frankly outrageous shot).
There are myriad reasons to be scared of what Bayern might do to City in the weak, but I am convinced the defence is improving.
I am convinced the whole team is improving. City looked good for most of that game. We are often told that wining games like this is the mark of Champions which lets not forget, is what this City team are. Another mark of Champions? Luck. Shelvey’s free kick which deflected inches past the post gave me hope. It’s the sort of moment that a league winning story will be built around. It’s the sort of thing you can look back on as a turning point at the end of the season. Strokes of luck like that are the basis for great things. Lets hope City can stop the messing around and put together a long run of wins.
Despite not scoring Aguero was good. Toure scored the winner, once again sticking it to the haters. It was a vintage Toure effort. He charged through the defenders and, in that moment, he was perfect. Joe Hart had another good game. This is beginning to look ominously like an authoritative run of form for the big guy.
Bayern at home, Southampton away. Two big games and we have to win them both. Onwards.
Written by Alex Timperley who is on Twitter