Manchester City’s propensity for self-implosion is a well-worn joke. Throwing away league titles from insurmountable positions; time-wasting in the corner at 2-2 when only a win would keep the team in the Premier League; relegation to the third tier a mere two years after playing in the top flight: City’s history of entertainment spans the good, the bad, and the downright bizarre.
Garry Cook’s resignation from his position as Chief Executive threatened to add itself to the long list of mild embarrassments which have plagued this most intriguing of clubs. His comments made in an email which found its way to Nedum Onouha’s mother about her illness were repulsive – his resignation the only justifiable conclusion to the sorry affair. However, Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City are a team which writes positive headlines on the pitch. Their 3-0 evisceration of poor Wigan Athletic ensured that their hapless former Chief Executive is already a distant memory.
Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick may steal the attention, but make no mistake, this was a thrilling display of awesome attacking power in which each player excelled. Gael Clichy and Micah Richards were less full-backs than auxiliary wingers, often foraying forward to become the City player furthest up the pitch. Allayed with the constant interchanging of positions between the four forward players, Wigan were submerged by the incessant attacks. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Latics fought commendably, but simply could not cope.
Amazingly, all of this was achieved without Edin Dzeko. How do you reward a player who scored four goals in a scintillating display at White Hart Lane the last time out; a player who, prior to the weekend, topped the Premier League goal scoring charts? By dropping him to the bench, of course. Carlos Tevez, his replacement, probably has cause to feel the most aggrieved of City’s players following his missed penalty. Despite that, his incisive pass that set Richards through in the first-half deserved a goal. Richards was extremely unfortunate to see the ball cannon off the bar.
Aguero was that bit more composed in front of goal. More spectacular hat-tricks have already been scored in the Premier League this season, yet that does not detract from the quality of Kun’s finishes. Each exquisitely found the far corner of the net, leaving Ali Al Habsi helpless in the Wigan goal. One senses that the battle to be City’s top scorer this season will be every bit as titanic as the tussle between the Manchester clubs for the Premier League title itself.
The top goal scorer sideshow will undoubtedly be ably assisted by both David Silva and Samir Nasri. No player in the league currently matches Silva for slight of foot or vision. He is as pure a footballer as Mancini’s squad boasts. Nasri too marked a substitute appearance with a sublime assist. Whether it will be enough to see him reinstated to the starting line-up for the Champions League opener with Napoli is anybody’s guess. The only certainty is that the prospect of a wonderful match awaits.
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