Date: 4th December 2014 at 8:54pm
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The Chelsea eyes would have been half focused on the Stadium of Light last night. The Wearmouth venue has proved to be a stadium of disaster for City over the last few years with them clocking up four successive 1-0 defeats, despite having the lion`s share of possession and shots on goal. Time and again the Mackems have wriggled free from their shackles, created one chance and scored, so the kings of the Fulham Road would have been hoping their lead at the head of the Barclays Premier League table might have been extended last night.

Instead the world was treated to yet another chapter in the incredible story that is Sergio Aguero. There simply are not enough adjectives and superlatives to describe the Mighty Atom at this point in time.

But in the early exchanges it could have been another story with Zabaleta blocking a goalbound effort from City old-boy Rodwell and then another attempt from Buckley was prevented from disturbing Joe Hart`s netting.

By the thirteenth minute King Sergio was setting his sights, cutting in from the right and curling one over the bar. Ex-Blues net minder Pantilimon was more than happy to see that fly into the stands.

Five minutes and some might say right on cue, a typical Sunderland breakaway gave us all the feeling of deja-vu as a through ball to Whickham from Buckley saw Zaba slide in, the ball rebounding off Whickham and into the City net. Disaster once more at City`s Temple of Doom.

Needed?one Urgent Goal. Send for Sergio..

Within two minutes the seemingly rejeuvenated Yaya played the ball into Jovetic, back to goal on the edge of the box. His first time pass picked out Aguero who nipped past two static defenders, into the space behind before firing off a typical shot past the stunned Pantilimon, to equalise. The power that the diminutive Argentino generates in close to unbelievable. The ball simply flew past Costel before he had chance to fix his sights. It was certainly a deserved leveller and the Sergio Show was on the road.

In the next minute, Navas was unlucky once again driving across the goal with the inside of his foot. Already he had created a number of crosses just begging to be placed into the net but it looked as though the normally fluent Aguero and Jovetic couldn`t get on the end of them. Navas has of late hit three shots of this nature all with the inside of his foot when I feel that the use of the outside of his foot might have had the impact he`s looking for, but at least his crosses were finding their way to the right places.

City were in the ascendancy. There football looked urgent and crisp, constantly probing and trying to drag the dogged defence of the Black Cats around the edges of the box. Sunderland were however standing firm and resolute, taking no chances and closing off most of the channels. City needed something special, something rapier-like in its execution and a goal. With Nasri prompting, in search of space that wasn`t there, he once again turned to Yaya, who had spotted Jovetic peeling-off from his marker. The Ivorian immediately slid the ball into the feet of Aguero who just as quickly found the Montenegrin who drove the ball through Pantilimon`s legs to put City in front. This was a move to behold and one to watch time and again for its simplicity of execution in the way it carved open a robust defence.

Now it is a different story around here. Enjoying their first lead at this stadium in light years City were poised to prise open the gateways, especially as the Black Cats now had to offer themselves up if they wanted to get anything out of this match. They somehow survived to half time with acceptable chances falling to Clichy plus an almost goal-of-the-season when Aguero outstripped almost the entire Sunderland team, before running out of steam at the critical moment. But as the teams appeared for the second half it was soon to become a different gig.

Yaya had already zoomed a shot over the top as “City time” was on the point of expiration. Then another exquisite move opened up the Sunderland door yet again. Yaya found Zabaleta who shipped it onto to Nasri, having one of his better matches tonight. Zaba kept on running into the box as Nasri drew the defenders like moths around a light bulb and squeezed the ball though the gab and into the path of Zabaleta who cheekily chipped it past the giant Pantilimon to make it 3-1. The little Argentino`s goal celebration was to tell the watching world how happy he is at the prospect of becoming a father.

Fifteen minutes later, with Milner on the field, play built up down the City right. Aguero`s doagonal run was spotted by Milner who played a neat ball into him and Sergio simply doesn`t miss those. He didn`t this time either and 4-1 it became.

Pellegrini refused Aguero his hat trick by hauling him off for Lampard and he was quickly followed by Nasri who was replaced by the emerging Pozo, the under19s goal machine making his first appearance in the Premier League. If you haven`t seen this young man play, ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves. He looks like a carbon copy of one Sergio Aguero. His awareness in the box is second to none and he has stamped his mark all over Europe in the under 19s version of the Champions League. Still labelled as one for the future who may prove that the future starts now.

Since the introduction of Lampard into the squad, the rest of the shot-shy midfielders are now starting to follow in his majestic footsteps as Nasri, Milner and Yaya all had a go from the edges of the box. This opens up new opportunities for Aguero and Jovetic in the form of second-phase attempts, where either the keeper doesn`t catch the ball or a defender heads it out to nowhere in particular. The faithful have been demanding more attempts from the edge of the box instead of trying to walk it in and this clearly disturbs the game plan of the opposition who are geared up to prevent City getting through them. It is often difficult to predict and deal with shots from outside the area.

So the ghost of Sunderland is finally laid to rest with this emphatic destruction of Gus Poyet`s men who will not be enjoying their run of matches against Chelsea, City and, is it the resurgent Liverpool up next? With our friends from the wrong end of the East Lancs Road having now won two on the bounce one would have expected Sue to throw open the doors of the “binning cupboard” but, no Brendan`s photograph is still resident therein.

City are showing now that they are back in the groove and in the kind of form that saw them finally snatch the Premier League title away from the said friends last season. Boyata put in a steady shift, hardly putting a foot wrong alongside Demichelis in an odd-looking back four. Fernandinho was simply delicious in front of the back four, Yaya was looking more and more like his best, Nasri played at times with the ball tied to his foot. But without exception this was the Sergio Show at its best.

Aguero is a wonderful footballer and very much a pleasure to watch. His love for the game, his club and his goals certainly in my opinion put him only behind Messi and Ronaldo on the world stage and at 26 is only going to get better. Loved by the fans and proud owner of a long-term contract, maybe we can have the privilege of watching this outstanding player for many years to come.

Once again Silva was missing and we slaughtered Sunderland without him. Pellegrini has shuffled to the tactics cards and looks to have found a new plan, a new way of getting more out of his players and hopefully Everton will be the next victims before the Blues try their final hand at retaining an interest in the Champions League this season.

And what a difference a week makes. Confined to the recycle bin by the TalkRubbish elite, paid-out against by at least one bookmaker, the watching world has seen this team re-emerge and talk of the Chelsea little-one-horse-race has suddenly ceased and all the talk is of Aguero. Its time these people got real. There has been no sudden emergence of the Mighty Atom. He`s banged in 19 goals this season. He`s gone about his work with ruthless efficiency whilst all the preamble has been about Costa. Please continue to talk about Costa and leave the City hero alone. We at the Etihad would much prefer to see City creep up on the rails as they did last season ready to pounce the minute there are any, dare I say, slips from the men in royal blue. The Chelsea kind not the Everton.

 
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