Goal Wars: El Kun strikes back – The City Nitty Gritty


It took less than a minute after coming on as a second-half sub for Sergio Aguero to mark his long-anticipated return with a goal, heating up the competition for this year’s prestigious Golden Boot award.

Its starting become more of a question of how many City will score, rather than if, as they set themselves up to break another record (which could be as early as this Saturday when they play Cardiff) by being the first team in history to score 100 goals before the end of January.

Goals from Negredo, Aguero and Dzeko took City’s goal tally to 99 in all competitions this season, leaving them just 1 off a century of goals – unbelievable in itself, but the fact that it is only the middle of January must be a scary thought for the teams that are yet to play them.

Blackburn managed to delay City’s scoring until stoppage time in the first half, when ‘The Beast’ Alvaro Negredo thumped in a header from inside the area, assisted by the much improved Brazilian playmaker Fernandinho. It wasn’t long after the break before City begun opening the floodgates once again, as they have done so many times this season, when Alexander Kolarov’s inch-perfect cross was matched by an equally exquisite finish by Alvaro Negredo.

Edin Dzeko was next in line to score after he converted a cross from Jesus Navas, making it 3-0 to The Blues. Just before the in-form Spaniard Alvaro Negredo could complete his hat-trick, he made way for City’s now second top scorer Sergio Aguero – who has been out through injury since City’s 6-3 win over Arsenal in December. Edin Dzeko showed us his un-selfish side when he laid off the ball for the Argentinian to slot home, even though he had only been on for about 50 seconds.

The Bosnian striker put the final nail in Blackburn’s coffin when he converted his 15th goal of the season 6 minutes later, after an almost identical cross from Jesus Navas was allowed to be played in to him.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer said in an interview that City are “the best team in the world at the moment”, which must give Manuel Pellegrini and his team a lot of confidence in the build up to their Champions League clash with Barcelona just around the corner.

The next round of the CL is just over a month away, so at the moment I’m beginning to think that the Spanish champions will be more afraid of City, than City will be of them. I mean, who wouldn’t be? We’re talking about a team here that have a 100% home record in domestic competitions and have put 6/7 goals past teams on multiple occasions this season, while barely breaking a sweat. But even if we don’t win that game, it’s sure to be a brilliant watch, as it is likely that both teams will be willing to display the best of their attacking abilities.

I’ve actually gotten to the stage where I am running out of superlatives to describe The Blue’s performances now – they are that good! But I’m not complaining, and I’m sure you’re not either!

– Daniel Cheeseman