Who would have thought 4-5 seasons ago that Barcelona, arguably the best football team in the world, would be publishing articles on their own website about how their Champions League rivals Manchester City were ‘cruising’ past their opponents!
I managed to discover this article when browsing through my news feed on Facebook and seeing one of my friends upload a screenshot of it, at first I was sceptical, expecting it to be fan-made joke, but to my amazement – it turned out to be completely true! Although it was only a brief match report, the fact that they even published an article on it shows that they are keeping a watchful eye on the progression of City in the build up to their Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium in February.
Who wouldn’t be worried about a team that have scored nearly 60 goals in all competitions at home this season?
With West Ham having just lost 5-0 to Nottingham Forest in the F.A. Cup, I’m sure that Manuel Pellegrini would have been expecting The Hammers to park the bus like Crystal Palace did so effectively last month. But that was most definitely not the case, nothing seemed to work for West Ham on the night and in the end it turned out to be a mauling by the blues – who showed no mercy even after being 3 goals up at half time.
Alvaro Negredo proved once again why he’s definitely part of City’s strongest 11 as he completed his hat-trick just after the break, all 3 of his goals showed skill, composure and technique as he led the blues to another 6 goal thrashing.
You only need to look at the stats to see why City were so dominant over Sam Allardyce’s inexperienced team, the blues had 69% possession and had nearly 30 more shots at goal than West Ham (yes, you heard me right, nearly 30 more shots!).
Once the blues were 5 goals up, Marcos Lopes came on for birthday-boy David Silva, which gave him the chance to show us what he is capable of. We got to see a glimpse of his talent when he helped set up Edin Dzeko’s second goal (and City’s 6th) with a back-heel that went through the legs of the West Ham defender and into the path of Aleksander Kolarov, who then laid it off for the Bosnian to slot home.
This result almost certainly means that Manuel Pellegrini will be making his first trip to Wembley with the blues since joining the club in the summer, and with City having ‘one foot in the final’ (according to Barcelona), who knows – maybe it will be the start of a season to remember!
If you want to take a look at the article on Barcelona’s website, click here!
– Daniel Cheeseman