Finally, City are beginning to break all the right records! For so many years City have been breaking all of the wrong records, such as when The Blue’s 2012/13 Champions League campaign went down as the most dire English performance EVER in the Champions League, but now they’ve broken the record for being the fastest team to reach 100 goals in Premier League history!
What a difference Manuel Pellegrini has made to the club. Although his managerial capabilities were questioned near the start of the season, when City lost 4 out of 6 of their away league games before December, he has definitely proved that he is the right man for the job – with City’s outstanding home record & goal difference, his composure both on and off the pitch (as proven against Newcastle) and his determination to make the team play attractive football.
After a somewhat lacklustre first half against Rovers last week, City started the game off really well, with a couple of notable chances dropping for Zabaleta and Navas, before a beautiful piece of skill from David Silva was finished off by Edin Dzeko, who’s miscued shot just managed to trickle over the line (The Blues’s 100th goal of the season). Cardiff’s Craig Noone then capitalized on a defensive mistake by Martin Demichelis to make the score 1-1, but it didn’t stay that way for long as Jesus Navas slotted home a nice piece of play involving an inch-perfect pass from Yaya Toure and a great run by the in-form Bosnian Edin Dzeko – making the scoreline 2-1 at the break.
Cardiff began to look the more dangerous in the second half, as Joe Hart had to save a couple of decent shots by The Bluebird’s best player Craig Noone, but City finally kicked into gear in the 75th minute when a frustrated Yaya Toure intercepted the ball in City’s half and bombed down the centre of the field towards the terrified Cardiff defence, then did a quick one-two with Sergio Aguero and smacked it in with his left foot. 3 minutes later Aguero collected another pin-point accurate pass from Yaya Toure in his stride and continued to weave his way in and out of the shell-shocked Cardiff defence several times, before bagging his second goal since returning from injury last week. City fell asleep from a Cardiff corner in the 92nd minute which allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to regain some dignity from another City mauling, making the full-time score 4-2.
For me City’s two best players in Saturday’s win were Yaya Toure and Javi Garcia – who dominated the midfield in terms of both attacking flair & defensive stability. The Ivorian giant Yaya Toure once again showed us why he is one of, if not the best, all-round midfielder in the world right now. Combined with his powerful presence, barnstorming runs and mouth-watering passes – he is an unstoppable force at times. Javi Garcia put in another very solid performance, with his always reliable headers and well-timed interceptions, he proved that he is more than capable of replacing the Dutch Terrier Nigel De Jong.
Goal #100 might not have come the way everyone wanted (or expected) it to, but City have always strived to be different! At least it finally gave the FA a reason to use the newly introduced goal-line technology system, which had yet to be used until now, so in the end everyone’s happy!
– Daniel Cheeseman