Norwich City 0-0 Manchester City – “From ‘goals galore’ to ‘goals: no more’!”
Why is it that the Blues have suddenly gone from ‘goals galore’ to ‘goals: no more’? Is it because of the large amount of injuries to key players, or is it because Pellegrini has no plan B?
To me it was obvious that City were still feeling the effects of last Monday’s defeat to Chelsea. Up until that point they thought they were ‘invincible’, especially at home, and before the match they were on a 20-game unbeaten run and scoring goals for fun. The manner in which they lost (to one of their main title rivals) seems to have planted a seed of doubt in their minds.
City’s main problem this season has been the defence. I’ve been wondering why Pellegrini has not been referring back to the title winning season of 2012 – where City’s best back four involved the England International, Joleon Lescott.
I still think that Lescott is City’s best centre-back after Vincent Kompany. He played a vital role in the team which won the Premier League 2 seasons ago, and he is one of the players who has had the most experience in the team since signing for the club back in 2009.
In my opinion, Martin Demichelis is finding it difficult to keep up with the pace of the Premier League. For me it is a no-brainer to play the England centre-back alongside Kompany, especially while Nastasic finds his form again and a more permanent solution is found.
Alvaro Negredo failed to make much of an impact (as he has done for a few games now) and looks like he misses the deadly link-up play with Aguero – a partnership which so many teams fear.
Hopefully Stevan Jovetic will be able to fill in for Sergio during his absence (and maybe even turn out to be just as good as him) so that the Blues can carry on banging in goals and playing the attractive attacking football that we have all come to know and love.
On the day, City were just lacking that bit of creativity and ‘magic’ in order to break through the stubborn Norwich defence. Jesus Navas continued to find space on the wings but was unable to deliver that killer pass that would finally break the deadlock, maybe he should consider playing in a different type of ball from time to time, as I have begun to notice (as I am sure you have too) that it is getting a bit too predictable.
Norwich came very close to causing another upset when chances for Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Anthony Pilkington were somehow not converted in the dying embers of the game.
Having said all that, it has not been as much of a ‘disastrous’ week as everyone seems to think – we are still 3rd in the table and only 2 points behind league leaders Chelsea – not to mention we have the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley coming up!
It could be a lot worse, and I think we’ve been a bit spoilt in recent times – every team goes through one of these ‘bad patches’ so chin-up, Blues – the quadrouple is still on! 🙂
– Daniel Cheeseman