Sunday, August 12, 2007

Manchester City lay it down

Finally. Football again. There were some interesting developments and lots of new players on the pitch yesterday as Manchester City steamrolled West Ham.

While Manchester City were world beaters in the first 20 minutes against West Ham, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and call the team re-born. They may just be: sharp and purposeful away at Upton Park, but did we get an accurate reflection?

The reason I say this is because West Ham were a tactical nightmare and a disaster in central midfield. Man City ran them over in the middle of the park. In fact a non-league side could have run the team I saw over.

Manchester City played 5 in midfield to great effect, allowing new signing Elano to run rampant. Martin Petrov was excellent and Micah Richards, for me, was the best player on the pitch. Header after header, clearance after clearance, Richards kept the back a locked gate and played some truly class football.

City were also well organized, credit to Sven, and looked in-sync with each other. As for West Ham, they need Julien Flaubert badly. Dean Ashton, first time on the pitch in a year was doing his best impression of Ronaldo in the first game of the last World Cup. He needs fitness, badly. West Ham have not improved yet.

New signings Freddie Ljungberg and Craig Bellamy played respectably, Ljungberg in particular missing a tap in by inches. A sign of hope for West Ham was their performance in the second period improved significantly.

I fully expected West Ham to win this match at home against a team that has hardly played together, losing 2-0 the way they did, it could be a long season for them. Manchester City deserve full credit for their quality and win, with a long season ahead, stiffer tests will appear.

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Anonymous Wigan Blue said...

Do you think the West Ham supporters were unhappy after this? Good! They should be. Just the first of the 'nothings' and 'also-rans we'll have elbowed aside on our way to the top this season.

8/12/2007 1:44 PM  
Anonymous thrillhammer said...

I can see humble pie on the menu for you sunshine. Not quite the prediction you expected. everytime you comment on city, we will be here until you hold up your hands and say what crap you have posted about city over the summer!!!!!!!!!!

8/12/2007 1:46 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Should your club continue to play this way, I certainly will admit I was wrong about Sven.

8/12/2007 1:48 PM  
Anonymous thrillhammer said...

good on yer mate. respect

8/12/2007 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You also forgot to mention that we also played 5 Academy kids during the match.
Suggest you do some research before publishing ill informed opinions on the Cult Club.
You may admit you are wrong about Sven?
Dont change a losing habit !

8/12/2007 2:35 PM  
Blogger Tim Lawson said...

This was a fairer piece than I have seen in the press but you fully deserve any flak if you have been horrible about Sven and City!!

Yes, there will be tougher tests but I also think we will pass more than we fail. We now have pace, width and movement in the side.

Sven was the second most successful England manager of all time and didn't have all the talent available all of the time either. Also, golden generation? Only Gerrard, Terry and possibly Beckham would have got into the Italia '90 squad. Rooney way overrated, at least the rags now have two fatties in him and Tevez so perhaps their pie sales will go up, or one of them will lose weight!

8/12/2007 3:16 PM  
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