Manchester City maestro Sergio Aguero did a ‘Robert Lewandowski’ against a hapless Newcastle side last week as the Barclays Premier League was given a masterclass in finishing from our very own hitman. A goal three minutes before the half and four goals in the space of 13 frenzied minutes re-iterated the fact that Aguero is one of the best strikers of our generation.
A Kevin De Bruyne effort was sandwiched in between Aguero’s four second half goals and boy is this lad coming good! He’s been a constant threat to opponents and has showed immense hunger to prove himself by performing breathtakingly well. In fact, he had a big hand in Aguero’s five goals as he assisted two of them with brilliant balls.
And of course, there’s the conductor of our orchestra – David Silva. The man can create music in space! He possesses the key to unlock any sort of defence, and when he chooses to use his master key, a performance like the one we saw against Newcastle takes place. With two assists and countless telling passes, the man can do no wrong. He’s the primary reason why we took around 19 shots during the game and the chances he created were a treat for Aguero who helped himself to a goal-fest.
Every part of the Manchester City machine is working flawlessly right now after a small period where it started malfunctioning. The world though, is a cruel place and it’s unbelievable as to how we were dealt two massive blows in our hopes just as we looked to be hitting top gear. 19 minutes into Argentina’s first World Cup Qualifying match against Ecuador, Aguero pulled up while running, grasping his hamstring. Cityzens including myself, held our collective breath and waited to hear what the predicament was and as he was taken off, the City attack lost its strength, for a few weeks at least. If injury to one important player was not enough, David Silva went out with a ‘strong (grade II)’ ankle sprain playing against Luxembourg. The doctors say that he might be missing in action for 2-3 weeks.
Losing two of our most important players at the same time is a huge blow to our momentum and there is a chance that injuries will have hung our season out to dry yet again. In spite of our current winning form, we know that without Sergio and David, goals and chances will be hard to come by. Also, Yaya Toure’s hamstring problem, compounded with his international duty issue, may force Pellegrini to keep him out of the squad till he’s physically and mentally fit again. Vincent Kompany’s imminent return though, could save our goal from being bombarded while guaranteeing that the opponent’s goal will be attacked as we all know that he is quite capable of scoring a few himself.
The form of our players is good overall though and we should not have much to worry. Joe Hart and Willy Caballero are both amazing ‘keepers and our defence looks solid and pacy now with Otamendi and Mangala getting the hang of things. Zabaleta has returned and Kolarov is as reliable as ever while Sagna and Clichy are more than able replacements should the need arise.
Sterling and Navas have set the wings on fire with their blistering speed while Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho are playing the best football of their lives at the moment. Iheanacho is making a name for himself with exciting displays and a Premier League goal already to his name. As soon as our two stalwarts make a comeback, our team will be unbeatable again, but till then, the rest of the squad have a glorious chance of proving themselves and let’s hope for our sake that they do it really well.