Beauty & The Beast: Reunited at last! – The City Nitty Gritty

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It didn’t take long for us to see what we’ve been missing out on when the deadly partnership of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo were reunited on Tuesday night!

Those daredevil few who placed their bets on a miraculous West Ham comeback were soon dis-heartened by an early goal from ‘The Beast’ Alvaro Negredo, which finished off the tie once and for all (even with nearly 90 minutes still to play!). Although Edin Dzeko has stepped up his game since Aguero went out through injury, bagging his 16th goal of the season against Cardiff last Saturday, it was great to see the return of the Beauty and the Beast – who reminded us why they have been branded as one of world football’s ‘deadly duos’.

A mere twenty minutes had passed since the first goal when Sergio Aguero got his name on the scoresheet once again, which was his second goal in 2 games after returning from injury.

The Portuguese youngster Marcos Lopes was once again involved in the build-up play, as he dribbled past several West Ham defenders before providing the pass to Sergio on the edge of the box, which the Argentine then finished off effortlessly.

I’m sure that the 18-year old star Marcos Lopes has risen up in every City fan’s rankings with an outstanding performance against The Hammers, he showed us all what great potential lies lurking in the depths of the current Manchester City squad. Lopes was a nuisance for West Ham throughout the match, the combination of his close-ball control and determination to close them down symbolised the traits of David Silva and James Milner – impressive to say the least!

The ‘invisible men’ Jack Rodwell and Stevan Jovetic managed to make their cameo appearance in the second half, after both being out through injury for a couple of months, which should make Manuel Pellegrini’s job of selecting his starting 11 each week even harder than it already is!

Alvaro Negredo scored the ultimate goal just before the hour mark, which he created out of nothing, making the scoreline 9-0 on aggregate. Unfortunately, The Beast landed awkwardly on his shoulder in the latter stages of the match, which is likely to rule him out for Saturdays FA Cup clash with Watford.

Let’s hope this amazing run of form continues for as long as possible, as City have a few tough games coming up (away at Tottenham and home against Chelsea to name a couple).

There’s no doubt in my mind that they will be needing their best form when it comes to the League Cup final in March, as The Blues have already lost to Sunderland once this season, and everyone knows that anything is possible at Wembley in a one-off game – you just need that little bit of luck (as Wigan found out last season!).

– Daniel Cheeseman