Date: 24th August 2010 at 12:00am
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If this Manchester City side need time for cohesion and the patience to bond, well, the end product will be unbelievably frightening.
Liverpool are a side supposed to be challenging with us, the great Liverpool sides, the Rush`s, Fowler`s of this world creating havoc challenging for major honours, if that statements correct then City are on a one way trip to unreachable heights.

The final score line looked irrelevant as the referee called an end to an enthralling occasion. Liverpool were relieved for the match to end in just three superbly crafted goals, trudging off the pitch heads down, gloomy and looking like a side so devoid of creating chances while being so woeful in defence. In fairness there was a reason for Liverpool`s abject performance, this was a City side performing to such high expectations, every blade of grass was covered by an energetic home side, they were clever, industrious and when they needed to be clinical.

To find a man of the match amongst the blue shirts was an unenviable task, it could have been one of five. That factor epitomised City`s performance, it wasn`t a one man show, it didn`t just posses that one piece of brilliance, it contained a team full of confidence, determination and passion. Every pass was fluent, direct, with a purpose. James Milner had a debut to remember, his guile and tenacity proved pivotal, showing why City`s following of him was smart business. It was the ex-villa man who played a vital role in City`s opener, squaring his inch perfect pass for Ex-Villa and England team-mate Barry, who with the opening of his body, guided his left foot shot neatly into the bottom corner. Barry had one of those games, everything he touched worked brilliantly, Gerrard and Lucas looked like school boys against the midfielder as he casually thwarted everything Liverpool had to offer.
As the game wore on the difference between the sides was growing. City looked destined to find that second goal; Johnson was dazzling on the opposite wing to Milner and was unfortunate not to get on the score sheet himself. The second goal did come and for City it was the perfect time. Their resilient and solid display deserved more and after Milner whipped in a delightful corner, Micah Richards rose like a salmon and headed home, with the possible aid of a Tevez deflection. The scorer mattered very little, it was the nature of display that was really pleasing; we entertained, dazzled and in Kompany city have a true defensive great.
Nevertheless, a team that provides such talent as Fernando Torres are bound to cause a problem some time and with City looking comfortable the striker nearly pounced. As Torres and Ngog were given clear cut opportunities, Joe Hart again proved the brave hart he is, with not one, but two contenders for save of the season denying the front men. Firstly, Hart desperately reached for an Ngog shot before spreading himself splendidly to deny Torres.

The points were finally guaranteed when Carlos Tevez, undoubtedly did get in on the scoring action. Liverpool will hope they don`t face talent such as Johnson each week, another scorching run caused chaos in the Liverpool box and after evading a lunging tackle from Agger, Skrtel could do nothing but bring the winger down. Tevez continued his scoring streak from the back end of the last campaign coolly slotting home from 12 yards.

Player Ratings

After having very little to do, Hart produced a breathtaking double save to deny Liverpool a way back in the game.

Looked solid against Jovanavic who was very poor. Tried to support Johno when he could.

When called upon he was faultless. Using his pace and experience he denied any attacks.

Outstanding. Provided that shield in front of Hart who was very rarely tested. His understanding of the game and skill is unbelievable for a player at such a young age.

Liverpool saw him as a weak target but his tackling was relatively sound. Gave the ball away a lot.

Probably his best performance in a City shirt. His goal capped off a truly wonderful game.

De Jong-9
Harrassed and bullied the opposition from the first whistle. Any 10-90 tackle is his let alone a 50-50.

Made some dazzling runs. Tricked and forced his way past several lunges.

Perfect debut. Two assists and top notch crossing and corner deliveries. Energetic display that didn’t stop.

Preffered in a more attacking role. Was solid with the ball.

Possibly two goals for the hit man who caused the hapless Carragher plenty of problems.

Could do very little in the time he was given.

Could do very little in the time he was given.


17 Replies to “Sheikh Mansour- That Was For You”

  • Great review and glad Kompany and de Jong’s efforts didnt go unnoticed. Barry was my MOM but as you say, you could take your pick! Excellent performance and a win worthy of Sheikh Mansour’s presence.

  • I agree with Jack on that point, Yaya was instrumental in a lot of our play and controlled the midfield. It was easy to overlook him because he was so calm and efficient.

  • Yaya worked tirelessly and spread the play with every well guided pass. Overall team performance was superb, and even Micah looked relatively good tonight. I think we’ll surprise a lot of teams this season once we’ve got it together as a team. Liverpool on this evidence look like they’ll be lucky to make the Europa League spots, and Villa fans, look away now, Ireland ain’t superrman, but Milner is.

  • Yaya still looks like he’ll take a little time adjusting to the Premiership. Also looks a little unfit. But clearly a classy player. Milner did well, and I think will be best utilised in a wide role as he was tonight. This should help rather than harm his England prospects in my view. Was pleased to see Barry have a good game. Tonight he got close to his best. I think he’ll be a very important player this season. Just make sure you take good care of him because in a couple of seasons we will want him back to mastermind our Champions League charge that is now very much on the cards now that we’re rid of that awful man who’s been holding us back all these years! 😉

  • Agree with everything you say OAB but having watched the game then Yaya Toure deserves at least an ‘8’ – he never wasted a pass all night.

  • My magic moment was Milner charging after a ball towards the corner flag in a head to head with Carragher who looked to be shepherding it out of play alongside a teammate. Milner got there first with an extra surge and flicked it over Carragher’s head with his right out step and ghosted between the two scousers. Stunning.

  • Villa fan here,slightly difficult weekend for us and Milners performance is the icing on the cake : ( The guy is a wonderful player and I hope he keeps going and stays injury free.Quite glad to see Barry shove one up the pool after that whole saga a couple of years ago.(just realised how much of my fandom is based upon schandefreude lol) Anyway good stuff lads please make sure that big four is broke up for good.

  • great report OAB. very true to the game. i thought we were a great team last night and i was very impressed with the performance. i look forward to more victories from the blues.

  • Chelsea fan in peace – Well impressed with Citeh last night – thought you lot looked the real deal. Nothing nicer to watch than a crying scouser. 🙂 Best of luck for the rest of the season and if we dont win it i hope you lot do.

  • I think Mancini should be having a word with Micah. The team needs Carlos Tevez to score as many goals as he can for us this season. Forwards thrive on scoring goals and Micah should be supporting our forwards as much as he can. I think Carlos did actually get a touch on it anyway. Great game from Micah and all of the team to be fair though. We made Liverpool look a very ordinary side last night.
    But I do believe that every goal Carlos scores will wind Sir Relic up just that little bit more.
    Looking forward to Thursday now.

  • considering the start we had and compare it to The Rags, it must be said that we had the tougher start, and therefore say it was alotmore enjoyable and comendable to get the 4 points from 2 teams with top4 credentials than to the teams that the rags played who will be happy to get into midtable for The Toon, and top half/ battling for 6-7 for Fulham…..
    all in all a very professional performance for both games which MUST be maintained throughout the season, and not let the standards drop now we have SHOWN what we can do,long may it continue….i can see THAT banner being RIPPED DOWN as we speak……

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