The Premier League has returned from a much needed International break for the Blues. Last time I spoke about City’s season so far, I highlighted some areas on what we learnt.
- Keeping Aguero Fit
- Joe Hart being the undisputed Number 1
- Yaya Toure’s inconsistency
- James Milner Unsung Hero
- New Signings positive impact
- Champions League Problems
Before the international break we had a bit of blip in form, we played probably the worst game of Football I have ever witnessed against CSKA Moscow we were slow out the blocks and didn’t look like a team, of course the 2 red cards didn’t help the situation but that game pretty much knocked us out of Europe, unless a miracle happens on Tuesday night. Before this game we got a great result against United but during the latter stages of the game against 10 men united, defensively we were poor and the next couple of games proved how terrible our defence is. The QPR game could of gone either way, we had a decent start piling the pressure on but we got a bit too complacent. As soon as QPR got a disallowed goal their tales were up and the fans got right behind them and only a couple minutes later they scored and they kept on threatening our goal. After the game it was time to re think our strategy going into game after the International Break, this gave some of players who were injured to get their fitness back up and running such as Kompany. A player we always need to keep fit and be in the starting line up each week.
So further lessons we have learnt….
Reliance on Aguero
As we all know Sergio Aguero is an extremely important player for our team, we have relied on him a lot this season scoring vital goals against QPR and Man United. So far scoring 14 goals in 13 appearances that’s over half of the goals City have scored in total in the Premier League. For us to have any chance on retaining the league, we have to keep this man injury free, fighting fit and have him bang on form scoring week in, week out.
Age of the Squad
You look at City’s squad now it is getting on a bit we have many players nearing the age of 30s such as Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando the list goes on. In the next couple of transfer windows we need to get a few youngsters in to give the team that extra bit of life. You look at Chelsea’s current squad they have Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa and have many hot youth prospects coming through the ranks. We also need to give our youngsters that chance to prove themselves and to the manager that they can break into the 1st team and progress further in their development. The spine of the squad has the average age of 27, that’s Hart, Kompany, Silva and Sergio Aguero it is a good thing to have experience in the squad but we also need that youth talent to take the club to bigger and better things in the future.
Missing Silva’s Creativity
The one man we have missed the most is the little magician. We have relied so much on Aguero to score the goals on his own and he has missed Silva’s vision and creativity. Our game runs through him when he’s on the field he dictates play and pics out the key passes, we don’t have a player that plays the role he plays. Nasri is probably the nearest player to play the role but is far from the level that David is on. That is what we have missed, that player who is free to roam and dictates the tempo of the game. He will bring a big up lift in morale when he’s back in the squad because he is such an important player to the club and we have missed him.
Left Back Issue
Kolarov or Clichy? Both players are very different and both aren’t really consistent. Kolarov with his sweet left foot makes us play a lot wider and has great vision when he drills the ball into that danger zone in the 6 yard box. He is a very attacking full back who sometimes thinks he’s a winger, so tracking back is non existent. Clichy is the complete opposite to Kolarov who is defensive minded and only occasionally gets forward to join the attack. Gael had a fantastic game in the Manchester Derby but since then his form has well and truly dipped, giving away goals in the games against CSKA and QPR. We need to sign that complete full back such as Leighton Baines the kind of player who can participate in the attack but also get stuck in when defending.
Looking at our defence this season is very questionable, already this season in the league we have conceded 13 which isn’t good enough from previous seasons. We don’t look like were comfortable, we try and play the ball out sometimes and we cause panic and pressure on ourselves and the opposite team capitalise on it. Mangala has had a jeckle and hyde season so far, having a great debut, but then recent performances have got him sat on the bench, he is the future of our defence and he has to improve. It is a strong amount of importance that we have our captain Vincent fit every week but another defender who hasn’t hit top form is Pablo Zabaleta. I’m a massive fan of his but he is yet to impress me this season were not seeing his usual bursting runs up the pitch then tracking back and doing his job on defending, is it his age? Whatever it is he has to be better!